WHAT TO EXPECT FROM NEW OPIOID DRUG POLICY
(PART 2 OF 2)
This is the second installment of this article. In Part 1, I examined the first two prongs of
the administration’s proposed three prong approach to ending the opioid epidemic. I
showed how building a wall on our Southern border would do little to slow the import of
illicit drugs, as they are coming into this country at every port, with fentanyl increasingly
coming from our northern border and from China through mail carriers. I also
demonstrated how revitalizing the “Just Say No” campaign would be an effort in futility as
it was an abject failure in the 80’s.
Perhaps what is most astounding about the third prong of the new policy is the intent of
the President and Attorney General to execute drug dealers. If I am to be completely
honest here, I must admit upon hearing this policy, I wondered if opioid Pharmaceutical
company’s CEOs, opioid distributer CEOs, pharmacists who knowingly fill opioid
prescriptions for addicts and doctors who over prescribe opioids would fall into the “drug
dealer’ category and be subject to the death penalty considering that 8 out of 10 opioid
addicts got started with prescription opioid painkillers.
What most people don’t realize is that many addicts sell drugs to finance their own habit.
Additionally, executing them, as good as it might make some people feel, will have no
effect on curbing illicit drugs coming into our country. The threat of capital punishment
means nothing to drug dealers. The reality is these people face the death penalty every
morning when they wake up. The vast majority of street drug dealers are poorly educated
individuals from economically depressed areas; they have no skills or hope for a better life
whatsoever. When you take one of them off the street another pops right back up in his or
her place. Its economics 101: as long as there is a demand for a product or service there
will be a supply.
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