Isn’t Heroin Illegal?
How is it that a certain group of politicians think that making guns illegal will reduce gun deaths? They somehow believe that people who willingly rob homes and shoot people will suddenly start obeying the law. Do they really think that the bad guys will figure the gig is up and turn their guns in? Yes, the law abiding citizens might do so, and where will that leave them? As far as I know, heroin is illegal. How is that working out?
The Data Is In!
These increases come amid an increase in mortality across the board, resulting in the first decline in American life expectancy since 1993.
Congress recently passed a spending bill containing $1 billion to combat the opioid epidemic, including money for addiction treatment and prevention.
Much of the current opioid predicament stems from the explosion of prescription painkiller use in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Widespread painkiller use led to many Americans developing dependencies on the drugs. When various authorities at the state and federal levels began issuing tighter restrictions on painkillers in the late 2000s, much of that demand shifted over to the illicit market, feeding the heroin boom of the past several years.
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