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How the War on Drugs is to Blame for the Recent Spike in Heroin Overdoses

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Heroin deaths are on the rise again in the US. While there has been a steady increase in use over the years, the main reason for the increase in deaths is because the product is becoming more dangerous. A new trend of cutting the drug with the very strong post-surgery painkiller Fentanyl is largely to blame for the recent spike in deaths that are occurring around the country.

Fentanyl is approximately 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine and roughly 40 to 50 times more potent than pharmaceutical grade (100% pure) heroin.

Since Fentanyl is so strong, it can be mixed with heroin and other adulterants to trick people into thinking that they are getting more heroin than they actually are. However, the risk of death and overdose greatly increase because Fentanyl is very disruptive to the respiratory system.

“The more narcotic you take, the less your body has an urge to breathe, and it makes sense that a lot of people are overdosing on it because they aren’t sure how much to take,Dr. J.P. Abenstein, president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists said in a statement.

As I have explained countless times in the past, these types of dangerous knock-off drugs are a direct result of prohibition. If you have missed my previous drug war articles, I will summarize how prohibition makes drugs more dangerous.

In the black market, one of the major drawbacks is that there is no accountability among the people selling the drug. Since anyone can get kidnapped and thrown in a cage for even dealing with the stuff, it really doesn’t make sense for people to be plastering their names and logos all over the drugs.

In this age of corporate mercantilism logos and branding may seem like a really tacky idea, but when looking at the black market we can see the value in such things. Someone who is selling a product with their name on it, is going to go through far greater lengths to ensure the quality of their product, as opposed to someone who would remain anonymous.

The anonymity creates an incentive for people to be dishonest with what they sell, leading to rip-offs or downright contamination of the drug with unwanted harmful substances. This is why there was bathtub gin that would make you go blind if you drank it during alcohol prohibition. This is also the reason why some of the harder street drugs today are cut with toxic chemicals that increase the chance of overdose ten fold. The fact that the drugs need to be smuggled also creates the incentive to make drugs more potent, and thus, in some circumstances more dangerous.

The increased potency and decreased availability inevitably leads to a massive increase in cost. The increased cost is a whole other issue with its own unique side effects in regards to drug safety. When the price of the real drugs go up, people just start huffing paint thinner, smoking bath salts and cooking up crystal meth in their basements, which is then even many times more dangerous than the unbranded drugs on the black market.

If you want to stop the overdoses, decrease crime, and deal a death blow to the for-profit prison system, there is a simple solution – End the War on Drugs.


John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter-culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work, he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.

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  • if it gets rid of the stupid people….however I do wish people would not be in that situation to begin with.. If there going to do it they will always find a way to get it

    • I’ll agree, the initial decision to do it, is absolutely stupid. However, addiction is a sickness, not stupidity.

    • Ashton Haggitt the stupidity is the initial decision to go down that road. Knowing what is down that road and taking it any way is still (I believe) stupid. It is not a disease until they become addicted to the junk. They do it all by themselves and it seems to fall on others to pick them up and get them the help they should seek themselves. Just like alcoholics, the person has to be willing and want to get the help needed. Alcoholics seem to do it themselves more then junkies. Shoot up, no pity here.

  • if it gets rid of the stupid people….however I do wish people would not be in that situation to begin with.. If there going to do it they will always find a way to get it

    • I’ll agree, the initial decision to do it, is absolutely stupid. However, addiction is a sickness, not stupidity.

    • Ashton Haggitt the stupidity is the initial decision to go down that road. Knowing what is down that road and taking it any way is still (I believe) stupid. It is not a disease until they become addicted to the junk. They do it all by themselves and it seems to fall on others to pick them up and get them the help they should seek themselves. Just like alcoholics, the person has to be willing and want to get the help needed. Alcoholics seem to do it themselves more then junkies. Shoot up, no pity here.

  • if it gets rid of the stupid people….however I do wish people would not be in that situation to begin with.. If there going to do it they will always find a way to get it

    • I’ll agree, the initial decision to do it, is absolutely stupid. However, addiction is a sickness, not stupidity.

    • Ashton Haggitt the stupidity is the initial decision to go down that road. Knowing what is down that road and taking it any way is still (I believe) stupid. It is not a disease until they become addicted to the junk. They do it all by themselves and it seems to fall on others to pick them up and get them the help they should seek themselves. Just like alcoholics, the person has to be willing and want to get the help needed. Alcoholics seem to do it themselves more then junkies. Shoot up, no pity here.

  • if it gets rid of the stupid people….however I do wish people would not be in that situation to begin with.. If there going to do it they will always find a way to get it

    • I’ll agree, the initial decision to do it, is absolutely stupid. However, addiction is a sickness, not stupidity.

    • Ashton Haggitt the stupidity is the initial decision to go down that road. Knowing what is down that road and taking it any way is still (I believe) stupid. It is not a disease until they become addicted to the junk. They do it all by themselves and it seems to fall on others to pick them up and get them the help they should seek themselves. Just like alcoholics, the person has to be willing and want to get the help needed. Alcoholics seem to do it themselves more then junkies. Shoot up, no pity here.

  • if it gets rid of the stupid people….however I do wish people would not be in that situation to begin with.. If there going to do it they will always find a way to get it

    • I’ll agree, the initial decision to do it, is absolutely stupid. However, addiction is a sickness, not stupidity.

    • Ashton Haggitt the stupidity is the initial decision to go down that road. Knowing what is down that road and taking it any way is still (I believe) stupid. It is not a disease until they become addicted to the junk. They do it all by themselves and it seems to fall on others to pick them up and get them the help they should seek themselves. Just like alcoholics, the person has to be willing and want to get the help needed. Alcoholics seem to do it themselves more then junkies. Shoot up, no pity here.

  • Really? I thought it was the 1500% increase in heroin output in the United States since we took control of Afghanistan’s poppy fields.

  • Really? I thought it was the 1500% increase in heroin output in the United States since we took control of Afghanistan’s poppy fields.

  • Really? I thought it was the 1500% increase in heroin output in the United States since we took control of Afghanistan’s poppy fields.

  • Really? I thought it was the 1500% increase in heroin output in the United States since we took control of Afghanistan’s poppy fields.

  • Really? I thought it was the 1500% increase in heroin output in the United States since we took control of Afghanistan’s poppy fields.

  • If they legalise cannabis how they gonna fill the “for profit ” jails ? though it would loosen some restraints and energy on targeting class A drugs like heroin and cocain .. oops i forgot they don’t want that as it would drop their profit margin from the stuff they protect in colombia and afghanistan ” my bad”

    • matters not you can not kill an idea ! once out set it free and it will defend itself.

    • fuck them

    • FUNNY THING IS IN CONGRESS AND COURTS MONEY KILLS TRUTH AND IDEAS BECOME THE VICTIMS

  • If they legalise cannabis how they gonna fill the “for profit ” jails ? though it would loosen some restraints and energy on targeting class A drugs like heroin and cocain .. oops i forgot they don’t want that as it would drop their profit margin from the stuff they protect in colombia and afghanistan ” my bad”

    • matters not you can not kill an idea ! once out set it free and it will defend itself.

    • fuck them

    • FUNNY THING IS IN CONGRESS AND COURTS MONEY KILLS TRUTH AND IDEAS BECOME THE VICTIMS

  • If they legalise cannabis how they gonna fill the “for profit ” jails ? though it would loosen some restraints and energy on targeting class A drugs like heroin and cocain .. oops i forgot they don’t want that as it would drop their profit margin from the stuff they protect in colombia and afghanistan ” my bad”

    • matters not you can not kill an idea ! once out set it free and it will defend itself.

    • fuck them

    • FUNNY THING IS IN CONGRESS AND COURTS MONEY KILLS TRUTH AND IDEAS BECOME THE VICTIMS

  • If they legalise cannabis how they gonna fill the “for profit ” jails ? though it would loosen some restraints and energy on targeting class A drugs like heroin and cocain .. oops i forgot they don’t want that as it would drop their profit margin from the stuff they protect in colombia and afghanistan ” my bad”

    • matters not you can not kill an idea ! once out set it free and it will defend itself.

    • fuck them

    • FUNNY THING IS IN CONGRESS AND COURTS MONEY KILLS TRUTH AND IDEAS BECOME THE VICTIMS

  • If they legalise cannabis how they gonna fill the “for profit ” jails ? though it would loosen some restraints and energy on targeting class A drugs like heroin and cocain .. oops i forgot they don’t want that as it would drop their profit margin from the stuff they protect in colombia and afghanistan ” my bad”

    • matters not you can not kill an idea ! once out set it free and it will defend itself.

    • fuck them

    • FUNNY THING IS IN CONGRESS AND COURTS MONEY KILLS TRUTH AND IDEAS BECOME THE VICTIMS

  • Increase in heroin is due to all the “legal” synthetic opiates prescribed by doctors. It starts with vicodin, to percocet, to ocycontin to methadone or roxy. Graduates to herion. And stopping the legal dispensing of those synthetic opiates will never stop. Since big pharma and the government are in bed together.

  • Increase in heroin is due to all the “legal” synthetic opiates prescribed by doctors. It starts with vicodin, to percocet, to ocycontin to methadone or roxy. Graduates to herion. And stopping the legal dispensing of those synthetic opiates will never stop. Since big pharma and the government are in bed together.

  • Increase in heroin is due to all the “legal” synthetic opiates prescribed by doctors. It starts with vicodin, to percocet, to ocycontin to methadone or roxy. Graduates to herion. And stopping the legal dispensing of those synthetic opiates will never stop. Since big pharma and the government are in bed together.

  • Increase in heroin is due to all the “legal” synthetic opiates prescribed by doctors. It starts with vicodin, to percocet, to ocycontin to methadone or roxy. Graduates to herion. And stopping the legal dispensing of those synthetic opiates will never stop. Since big pharma and the government are in bed together.

  • Increase in heroin is due to all the “legal” synthetic opiates prescribed by doctors. It starts with vicodin, to percocet, to ocycontin to methadone or roxy. Graduates to herion. And stopping the legal dispensing of those synthetic opiates will never stop. Since big pharma and the government are in bed together.

  • The real reason we invaded Afghanistan was to steal the heroin trade and thats why we have an epidemic of overdose’s now.

  • The real reason we invaded Afghanistan was to steal the heroin trade and thats why we have an epidemic of overdose’s now.

  • The real reason we invaded Afghanistan was to steal the heroin trade and thats why we have an epidemic of overdose’s now.

  • The real reason we invaded Afghanistan was to steal the heroin trade and thats why we have an epidemic of overdose’s now.

  • The real reason we invaded Afghanistan was to steal the heroin trade and thats why we have an epidemic of overdose’s now.

  • U.S. Guarded Afgan-primo

  • U.S. Guarded Afgan-primo

  • U.S. Guarded Afgan-primo

  • U.S. Guarded Afgan-primo

  • U.S. Guarded Afgan-primo

  • Take a look 🙂

  • Take a look 🙂

  • Take a look 🙂

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  • We Americans just love our wars. We can say we have a war on whatever we please and most will follow it.

  • We Americans just love our wars. We can say we have a war on whatever we please and most will follow it.

  • We Americans just love our wars. We can say we have a war on whatever we please and most will follow it.

  • We Americans just love our wars. We can say we have a war on whatever we please and most will follow it.

  • We Americans just love our wars. We can say we have a war on whatever we please and most will follow it.

  • Big Pharma = Big political donations = rigged elections = special interest laws = We the People get FUCKED!! Corporations ARE NOT people, they are blood-sucking PARASITES!!

  • Big Pharma = Big political donations = rigged elections = special interest laws = We the People get FUCKED!! Corporations ARE NOT people, they are blood-sucking PARASITES!!

  • Big Pharma = Big political donations = rigged elections = special interest laws = We the People get FUCKED!! Corporations ARE NOT people, they are blood-sucking PARASITES!!

  • Big Pharma = Big political donations = rigged elections = special interest laws = We the People get FUCKED!! Corporations ARE NOT people, they are blood-sucking PARASITES!!

  • Big Pharma = Big political donations = rigged elections = special interest laws = We the People get FUCKED!! Corporations ARE NOT people, they are blood-sucking PARASITES!!

  • Dr. Dean Edell said once on his radio show if he had to choose between alcohol and heroin to be addicted to he would choose heroin! It is easier to come through the withdrawal, and there are fewer long term problems after withdrawal!

  • Dr. Dean Edell said once on his radio show if he had to choose between alcohol and heroin to be addicted to he would choose heroin! It is easier to come through the withdrawal, and there are fewer long term problems after withdrawal!

  • Dr. Dean Edell said once on his radio show if he had to choose between alcohol and heroin to be addicted to he would choose heroin! It is easier to come through the withdrawal, and there are fewer long term problems after withdrawal!

  • Dr. Dean Edell said once on his radio show if he had to choose between alcohol and heroin to be addicted to he would choose heroin! It is easier to come through the withdrawal, and there are fewer long term problems after withdrawal!

  • Dr. Dean Edell said once on his radio show if he had to choose between alcohol and heroin to be addicted to he would choose heroin! It is easier to come through the withdrawal, and there are fewer long term problems after withdrawal!

  • How people having to answer for their poor life choices is to blame for the recent spike in heroin overdoses.

    • What? You do realise the main reason people turn to drugs? To cope. These specific deaths were not their faults; the dealers had laced the heroin with another opiate over 20x the potency; Fentanyl. People on heroin find it hard to taper off because the street drugs do not have an incredibly steady quality. If you do not know how much heroin you will be taking, you cannot taper off. Were heroin available, it could be sold at pharmacies (Rx of course) so that people can taper down a set amount each week.

  • How people having to answer for their poor life choices is to blame for the recent spike in heroin overdoses.

    • What? You do realise the main reason people turn to drugs? To cope. These specific deaths were not their faults; the dealers had laced the heroin with another opiate over 20x the potency; Fentanyl. People on heroin find it hard to taper off because the street drugs do not have an incredibly steady quality. If you do not know how much heroin you will be taking, you cannot taper off. Were heroin available, it could be sold at pharmacies (Rx of course) so that people can taper down a set amount each week.

  • How people having to answer for their poor life choices is to blame for the recent spike in heroin overdoses.

    • What? You do realise the main reason people turn to drugs? To cope. These specific deaths were not their faults; the dealers had laced the heroin with another opiate over 20x the potency; Fentanyl. People on heroin find it hard to taper off because the street drugs do not have an incredibly steady quality. If you do not know how much heroin you will be taking, you cannot taper off. Were heroin available, it could be sold at pharmacies (Rx of course) so that people can taper down a set amount each week.

  • How people having to answer for their poor life choices is to blame for the recent spike in heroin overdoses.

    • What? You do realise the main reason people turn to drugs? To cope. These specific deaths were not their faults; the dealers had laced the heroin with another opiate over 20x the potency; Fentanyl. People on heroin find it hard to taper off because the street drugs do not have an incredibly steady quality. If you do not know how much heroin you will be taking, you cannot taper off. Were heroin available, it could be sold at pharmacies (Rx of course) so that people can taper down a set amount each week.

  • How people having to answer for their poor life choices is to blame for the recent spike in heroin overdoses.

    • What? You do realise the main reason people turn to drugs? To cope. These specific deaths were not their faults; the dealers had laced the heroin with another opiate over 20x the potency; Fentanyl. People on heroin find it hard to taper off because the street drugs do not have an incredibly steady quality. If you do not know how much heroin you will be taking, you cannot taper off. Were heroin available, it could be sold at pharmacies (Rx of course) so that people can taper down a set amount each week.

  • heroin is an export from muslim countries.But our government can not do a thing about it.

  • heroin is an export from muslim countries.But our government can not do a thing about it.

  • heroin is an export from muslim countries.But our government can not do a thing about it.

  • heroin is an export from muslim countries.But our government can not do a thing about it.

  • heroin is an export from muslim countries.But our government can not do a thing about it.

  • From the comments looks like no one bothered to read the article.

  • From the comments looks like no one bothered to read the article.

  • From the comments looks like no one bothered to read the article.

  • From the comments looks like no one bothered to read the article.

  • From the comments looks like no one bothered to read the article.

  • you mean “war on afghanistan” don’t you?

  • you mean “war on afghanistan” don’t you?

  • you mean “war on afghanistan” don’t you?

  • you mean “war on afghanistan” don’t you?

  • you mean “war on afghanistan” don’t you?

  • Gotta do population control somehow. May as well let them kill themselves. That way the government wont be to blame *sarcasm*

  • Gotta do population control somehow. May as well let them kill themselves. That way the government wont be to blame *sarcasm*

  • Gotta do population control somehow. May as well let them kill themselves. That way the government wont be to blame *sarcasm*

  • Gotta do population control somehow. May as well let them kill themselves. That way the government wont be to blame *sarcasm*

  • Gotta do population control somehow. May as well let them kill themselves. That way the government wont be to blame *sarcasm*

  • You know its a funny thing. The government and media has conditioned the majority of America into hating addicts. People have been taught to believe the stereotypes but reality is most addicts are functional people who hold down jobs, have families, and pay their bills.

  • You know its a funny thing. The government and media has conditioned the majority of America into hating addicts. People have been taught to believe the stereotypes but reality is most addicts are functional people who hold down jobs, have families, and pay their bills.

  • You know its a funny thing. The government and media has conditioned the majority of America into hating addicts. People have been taught to believe the stereotypes but reality is most addicts are functional people who hold down jobs, have families, and pay their bills.

  • You know its a funny thing. The government and media has conditioned the majority of America into hating addicts. People have been taught to believe the stereotypes but reality is most addicts are functional people who hold down jobs, have families, and pay their bills.

  • You know its a funny thing. The government and media has conditioned the majority of America into hating addicts. People have been taught to believe the stereotypes but reality is most addicts are functional people who hold down jobs, have families, and pay their bills.

  • “them” hide behind war s against anyone and Thing to not get caught themselfs for betrayding all People for their lifes and free will

  • “them” hide behind war s against anyone and Thing to not get caught themselfs for betrayding all People for their lifes and free will

  • “them” hide behind war s against anyone and Thing to not get caught themselfs for betrayding all People for their lifes and free will

  • “them” hide behind war s against anyone and Thing to not get caught themselfs for betrayding all People for their lifes and free will

  • “them” hide behind war s against anyone and Thing to not get caught themselfs for betrayding all People for their lifes and free will

  • Do not the corrupt Governments play in the same field of drugs…drugs will still get in as long as Money Rules..

  • Do not the corrupt Governments play in the same field of drugs…drugs will still get in as long as Money Rules..

  • Do not the corrupt Governments play in the same field of drugs…drugs will still get in as long as Money Rules..

  • Do not the corrupt Governments play in the same field of drugs…drugs will still get in as long as Money Rules..

  • Do not the corrupt Governments play in the same field of drugs…drugs will still get in as long as Money Rules..

  • Agree wholeheartedly with “End the Drug War” but Fentanyl is not a “deadly drug”. It’s just much more powerful than the typical prescription or black market opiates. It’s said to be anywhere from 50 to 100X more powerful than morphine or heroin. Someone shoots up fentanyl in the same quantity as their typical heroin shot = instant OD.

  • Agree wholeheartedly with “End the Drug War” but Fentanyl is not a “deadly drug”. It’s just much more powerful than the typical prescription or black market opiates. It’s said to be anywhere from 50 to 100X more powerful than morphine or heroin. Someone shoots up fentanyl in the same quantity as their typical heroin shot = instant OD.

  • Agree wholeheartedly with “End the Drug War” but Fentanyl is not a “deadly drug”. It’s just much more powerful than the typical prescription or black market opiates. It’s said to be anywhere from 50 to 100X more powerful than morphine or heroin. Someone shoots up fentanyl in the same quantity as their typical heroin shot = instant OD.

  • Agree wholeheartedly with “End the Drug War” but Fentanyl is not a “deadly drug”. It’s just much more powerful than the typical prescription or black market opiates. It’s said to be anywhere from 50 to 100X more powerful than morphine or heroin. Someone shoots up fentanyl in the same quantity as their typical heroin shot = instant OD.

  • Yep. End it now.

  • Yep. End it now.

  • Yep. End it now.

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