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The war on drugs has been raging for decades now. Thousands upon thousands of people have been dying each year, and yet we still have no permanent solution. Sure, there are startups, initiatives, and “miracle” drugs like Narcan, but nothing that addresses the real problem, the proliferation of narcotics.

Opioids are made from a specific type of poppy plant called, unsurprisingly, the opium poppy, papaver somniferum. Sap from the outer skin of the seed pod is dried, then collected. This breed of poppy is the only kind that produces enough of the opium to be narcotic, and is very hard for the average person to come by. So who, then, cultivates the poppies and distributes the drug?

Well, if underground crime lords are your first thought, you’re wrong. In fact, the main source of opium poppies is a huge span of fields in Afghanistan, owned and operated by none other than the United States government. These fields supply 90% of the world’s opium, and are a staggering 500,000 acres.

If drugs are such a huge concern to all your favorite politicians, and all the pharmaceutical industries, who are rushing to outdo each other in creating anti-overdose drugs, why hasn’t this come further to the surface? Why, if these fields are under our control, haven’t they been closed down? One word, money. There are astounding amount of money to be made from drug production. Just look at the estimated net worth’s of all the most successful drug dealers in the world. The numbers go into the tens of billions. Can you imagine if they were producing the drug too? Furthermore, where is this money going? We the people sure haven’t seen a lot of it.

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Add the mass prescription of addictive opioids to people, especially veterans, who have PTSD, or even as “mere” painkillers, and you have the ultimate recipe of wealth beyond words for the tippy-tops of the upper class, and utter chaos for everyone else.

How sick must you be to make personal gain from the deaths of millions, then have the gall to supposedly fight a “war on drugs?” Stop produing them, and stop prescribing them, and that will put a quick end to the problem. But, it’s not like they’re ever going to do that.

Elizabeth Schoen, Necedah WI

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