The Bizarre War on Drugs

 

The ridiculous and insincere efforts of the Biden Administration to have an impact on drug overdoses and distribution in this country is a joke. The policies aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on, and in some cases are destructive to human beings and our country. One of the latest attacks on drugs is Biden’s opioid policy. The description suggests that they are taking a comprehensive approach to control drugs and saving us from ourselves. They promise to take the following steps in their plan:

  • Hold accountable big pharmaceutical companies, executives, and others.
  • Make effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services available to all, including through a $125 billion federal investment.
  • Stop overprescribing while improving access to effective and needed pain management.
  • Reform the criminal justice system so that no one is incarcerated for drug use alone.
  • Stem the flow of illicit drugs, like fentanyl and heroin, into the United States—especially from China and Mexico.

If the absurdity of this plan is not obvious, let me spell it out for you. To begin, why should I trust the government to “hold accountable” the pharmaceutical companies? We have already watched those companies rake in obscene profits as questions about their vaccines’ effectiveness are emerging. At this point, we have reason to believe those companies are complicit with the federal government in fraudulent acts and claims.

Then we have the usual focus on rehabilitative services to help people who are hooked on drugs. That’s assuming they don’t die in the process of taking them, especially those laced with fentanyl. At this point, I’m skeptical about the dangers of overprescribing. These drugs can be purchased through a guy on the street corner, your neighbor, or a friend. Who needs to go to doctors? Then we can talk about reforming the criminal justice system so that drug users don’t go to jail, unless they commit another crime like, say, shooting someone. Oh, wait. . .  And finally stemming the flow of illicit drugs from China and Mexico. Yes, that means we should ask China to cut back on their fentanyl sales; China, which incarcerates and tortures millions of people. And they’re talking now about dealing with the drugs coming through our southern border. Seriously?

Recent data by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows a massive increase in seizures of fentanyl at the border. CBP has seized more than 600 pounds of deadly fentanyl every month for the last 12 months — a record. In the last six months alone, it has seized 5,400 pounds of fentanyl, enough to kill 1.2 billion people or the entire population of the United States more than three times over.

This six-month total is more than all of last year, and CBP believes the vast majority of drugs are getting in without being stopped.

The reason for this is clear — the Biden administration’s radical policy changes have encouraged the drug cartels to smuggle more unlawful migrants and lethal, illicit substances across our southern border.

Why the sudden change of heart?

And our government is so opposed to drugs that they are going to distribute crack pipes to addicts:

The $30 million grant program, which closed applications Monday and will begin in May, will provide funds to nonprofits and local governments to help make drug use safer for addicts. Included in the grant, which is overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, are funds for ‘smoking kits/supplies.’ A spokesman for the agency told the Washington Free Beacon that these kits will provide pipes for users to smoke crack cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, and ‘any illicit substance.’

So let me get this right. The Biden administration wants to provide programs to get people off drugs and they’re providing them with crack pipes. They’ve ignored drug traffic across the southern border and now we’re going to try to stop it. They’re going to punish pharmaceutical companies while those companies continue to boost their profits by promoting vaccines and lowering the age limit to six months for children to get the vaccines. And we’re supposed to not incarcerate people who use drugs while we let off murderers and thieves.

Am I missing something? Why are they pursuing these efforts now?

[photo contributed by Diana Polekhina on unsplash.com]

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  1. DonG (Keep on Truckin) Coolidge
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    @DonG

    Susan Quinn: And finally stemming the flow of illicit drugs from China and Mexico. Yes, that means we should ask China to cut back on their fentanyl sales; China, who incarcerates and tortures millions of people. And they’re talking now about dealing with the drugs coming through our southern border. Seriously?

    Biden is late to the issue, but we need to stop all trade with China until the fentanyl flow ends.

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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    DonG (Keep on Truckin) (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: And finally stemming the flow of illicit drugs from China and Mexico. Yes, that means we should ask China to cut back on their fentanyl sales; China, who incarcerates and tortures millions of people. And they’re talking now about dealing with the drugs coming through our southern border. Seriously?

    Biden is late to the issue, but we need to stop all trade with China until the fentanyl flow ends.

    That would work for me, DonG. A number of people have tied with a tiny amount of fentanyl put into another type of drug (illicit perhaps but not criminal pill). There are plenty of other reasons I can think of to stop our trade with them, but we are still pretty dependent on them for some goods, aren’t we?

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  3. James Salerno Inactive
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    @JamesSalerno

    Free crack pipes.

    George Floyd is smiling down on us from heaven.

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  4. WI Con Member
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    @WICon

    It’s as if the policy goals were to spend the most amount of money, enrich their Trial Lawyer’s lobby, enrich their non -profit & bureaucratic friends, all while doing as little as possible to actually reduce and restrict the use of these same drugs.

     

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  5. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    WI Con (View Comment):

    It’s as if the policy goals were to spend the most amount of money, enrich their Trial Lawyer’s lobby, enrich their non -profit & bureaucratic friends, all while doing as little as possible to actually reduce and restrict the use of these same drugs.

     

    Your description is likely much more accurate than mine, WiCon. It’s so outrageous.

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  6. Blondie Thatcher
    Blondie
    @Blondie

    The Hunter Biden Outreach Program

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  7. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Blondie (View Comment):

    The Hunter Biden Outreach Program

    Now that would be appropriate!

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  8. Percival Thatcher
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    @Percival

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  9. Ekosj Member
    Ekosj
    @Ekosj

    There was a great series of articles in the OC Register that I can’t access anymore as it’s behind OCR’s paywall.   It focused on the revolving door between drug rehabilitation/treatment centers and homeless.   OCR documented dozens of SoCal rehabs that actively recruited addicts from around the country.   They paid bounties to healthcare and judicial officials who sent them patients.   The rehabs kept the ‘patients’ for 30/60/90 days … whatever insurance or government would pay for then give the ‘patients’ the heave-ho when the money runs out.   That’s why so many addicts/homeless in SoCal are from elsewhere.    They are importing addicts for ‘treatment’ but really for the cash flow the addicts represent.   The addicts don’t get cured.   And then get dumped on the street when they are no longer lucrative.

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  10. Zafar Member
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    @Zafar

    https://www.wboy.com/news/national/free-crack-pipes-truth-behind-biden-admin-safe-smoking-kits-program/amp/

    https://www.interiorhealth.ca/sites/default/files/PDFS/handout-safer-smoking-supplies.pdf

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  11. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    There was a great series of articles in the OC Register that I can’t access anymore as it’s behind OCR’s paywall. It focused on the revolving door between drug rehabilitation/treatment centers and homeless. OCR documented dozens of SoCal rehabs that actively recruited addicts from around the country. They paid bounties to healthcare and judicial officials who sent them patients. The rehabs kept the ‘patients’ for 30/60/90 days … whatever insurance or government would pay for then give the ‘patients’ the heave-ho when the money runs out. That’s why so many addicts/homeless in SoCal are from elsewhere. They are importing addicts for ‘treatment’ but really for the cash flow the addicts represent. The addicts don’t get cured. And then get dumped on the street when they are no longer lucrative.

    That is horrible, Ekosj. And yet I’m not surprised. Just appalled.

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  12. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Zafar (View Comment):

    https://www.wboy.com/news/national/free-crack-pipes-truth-behind-biden-admin-safe-smoking-kits-program/amp/

    https://www.interiorhealth.ca/sites/default/files/PDFS/handout-safer-smoking-supplies.pdf

    I heard similar information. It’s not convincing to me. . . 

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  13. Front Seat Cat Member
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    They’re not pursuing anything – it’s all talk, just like fixing the supply chain issues, the border issues (from which the drugs make their way in), the energy issues. This administration (and the buck stops with Lunchbox Joe) in fact, does the opposite that would produce any true results.

    I don’t think it’s all ineptness. There are those who seem to think that enabling people with serious drug or dependency issues is the answer.  I don’t want to be ugly here, but his personal family members seem to be an example. I feel sorry for his son Hunter. I know……that’s a stretch, but there is something seriously lacking when a family allows him to implode, especially in such a public way.  So what can we expect for those on the streets?

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  14. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):
    They’re not pursuing anything – it’s all talk, just like fixing the supply chain issues, the border issues (from which the drugs make their way in), the energy issues. This administration (and the buck stops with Lunchbox Joe) in fact, does the opposite that would produce any true results.

    It’s baffling to me. Why spend all those dollars and use them to destroy the people and the country? They’re taking down drug addicts, crippling our kids, killing our seniors (Covid in nursing homes) destroying our freedoms. I just don’t get it, FSC.

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  15. Front Seat Cat Member
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    @FrontSeatCat

    Also, two of the worst areas for homeless and drug addiction openly on the streets in our country are in the backyards of both the Vice President and Speaker of the House – how do they sleep at night??

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  16. Doug Kimball Thatcher
    Doug Kimball
    @DougKimball

    Shouldn’t the title be “The Bazaar War for Drugs”?

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  17. Zafar Member
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    @Zafar

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    There was a great series of articles in the OC Register that I can’t access anymore as it’s behind OCR’s paywall. It focused on the revolving door between drug rehabilitation/treatment centers and homeless. OCR documented dozens of SoCal rehabs that actively recruited addicts from around the country. They paid bounties to healthcare and judicial officials who sent them patients. The rehabs kept the ‘patients’ for 30/60/90 days … whatever insurance or government would pay for then give the ‘patients’ the heave-ho when the money runs out. That’s why so many addicts/homeless in SoCal are from elsewhere. They are importing addicts for ‘treatment’ but really for the cash flow the addicts represent. The addicts don’t get cured. And then get dumped on the street when they are no longer lucrative.

    Are these Rehabs for profit private companies?

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  18. Jim McConnell Member
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    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    They’re not pursuing anything – it’s all talk, just like fixing the supply chain issues, the border issues (from which the drugs make their way in), the energy issues. This administration (and the buck stops with Lunchbox Joe) in fact, does the opposite that would produce any true results.

    I don’t think it’s all ineptness. There are those who seem to think that enabling people with serious drug or dependency issues is the answer. I don’t want to be ugly here, but his personal family members seem to be an example. I feel sorry for his son Hunter. I know……that’s a stretch, but there is something seriously lacking when a family allows him to implode, especially in such a public way. So what can we expect for those on the streets?

    Re Hunter, I think I feel as you do. I really do pity any child who was raised by Joe Biden. But Hunter is now an adult who must take responsibility for his own decisions.

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  19. Ontheleftcoast Inactive
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    @Ontheleftcoast

    Susan Quinn: Yes, that means we should ask China to cut back on their fentanyl sales;

    “We should ask.”

    Who is this “we” that’s going to do the asking?

    The Chinese companies that make the drugs and the critical ingredients for making them are mostly run by the PLA. That implies that the flood of fentanyl and its precursors into the US is CCP policy. We can ask all we want. Except that the US leadership—both parties—is compromised by the CCP. And as we are again reminded, by big Pharma.. What about drugs sold into the legal US prescription and OTC markets?

    2009: The FDA has only two inspectors for medical products in China, the country to which much of the drug industry is moving its manufacturing and R&D facilities. 

    2021 China is at War With the FDA:

    When the FDA gets permission to perform in-China inspections, they must be announced long beforehand through Chinese/U.S. State departments, giving both the Chinese government and the facilities plenty of time to prepare.  Even with this preparation time for these “staged” inspections, FDA officials have found patterns of serious regulatory violations.  Announced inspections are a luxury that pharmaceutical manufacturers in other countries (and the USA) do not get. 

    In the past, Chinese manufacturers have routinely flaunted [sic] basic standards of honesty,  testing techniques and/or quality control.  At one “sterile” manufacturing site in China, several departments were forced to use a single leaking, dirty bathroom, with no running water. (Interestingly, this enforcement letter was deleted from the FDA webpage and no longer shows up in a search within the FDA website.)  The FDA currently has very limited power to respond to such tactics other than issue an online import alert; an obscure website many in the industry are unaware of, and to which various state boards of pharmacies and major chain pharmacies give no heed, when they choose the least expensive drugs to dispense to their patients.  

    A recent visit of the FDA’s compliance website detailed about 100 other Chinese manufacturers that were found to have “significant violations of current good manufacturing practice,” as per official warning letter text.  Thanks to the China-originated Covid-19 preventing official travel for over a year, the FDA now has a massive backlog of FDA regulatory inspections in China, and that logjam is a blessing to the Chinese firms who routinely violate these rules and who would obviously prefer to keep the FDA —and Americans— in the dark. 

    [emphasis added.]

    Also 2021A report from the House Appropriations Committee that accompanied the FY 2021 omnibus bill directed FDA to restart a pilot of unannounced short-term inspections in India and to establish a similar pilot in China.

    $3.5 M is allocated to the pilot program.

     

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  20. Ontheleftcoast Inactive
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):
    They’re not pursuing anything – it’s all talk, just like fixing the supply chain issues, the border issues (from which the drugs make their way in), the energy issues. This administration (and the buck stops with Lunchbox Joe) in fact, does the opposite that would produce any true results.

    It’s baffling to me. Why spend all those dollars and use them to destroy the people and the country? They’re taking down drug addicts, crippling our kids, killing our seniors (Covid in nursing homes) destroying our freedoms. I just don’t get it, FSC.

    Why? Because the US is a white supremacist colonialist power that is destroying the planet and requires, in the words of one of the movers and shakers of the project, “total transformation.”

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  21. Doug Watt Moderator
    Doug Watt
    @DougWatt

    It might be time for some drone strikes closer to home. Unfortunately, there are US citizens that have retired in the Mexican narco-state. I call them targets of opportunity, as well potential hostages to Mexican drug cartels.  

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  22. Dotorimuk Coolidge
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    James Salerno (View Comment):

    Free crack pipes.

    George Floyd is smiling down on us from heaven.

    I think they should provide free crack pipes only for the double vaccinated and boosted, to show they care about health.

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  23. Hans Gruber Pfizer President Inactive
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    @Pseudodionysius

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  24. Old Bathos Moderator
    Old Bathos
    @OldBathos

    I don’t have any ready solutions. Leaving aside the issues related to incarceration, I think it is important to make drug abuse as inconvenient and unpleasant as possible. Government-aided addiction lifestyles is a sick and evil policy choice.  It is almost as if we want people to postpone any reckoning with their addiction until it kills them. 

     

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  25. Hans Gruber Pfizer President Inactive
    Hans Gruber Pfizer President
    @Pseudodionysius

    Biden and crack pipes is truth in advertising and just continuing the fine tradition from the video above.

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  26. Hans Gruber Pfizer President Inactive
    Hans Gruber Pfizer President
    @Pseudodionysius

    Mike Ruppert was working for LAPD when he uncovered evidence of the CIA’s dealing in drugs. After raising the matter, he was threatened with death, and survived 3 assassination attempts. His most famous video moment was on November 15th, 1996, at a town hall meeting at Locke High School in Los Angeles to allay citizen’s fears about drug dealing.

    Ruppert confronted the Director of Central Intelligence John Deutch from the audience. He stood up and said, “I am a former Los Angeles Police narcotics detective. I worked South Central Los Angeles and I can tell you, Director Deutch, emphatically and without equivocation, that the Agency has dealt drugs in this country for a long time.” Deutch, visibly shocked by the forthrightness of Mikel Ruppert’s denunciation, feigned interest and stuttered out a reply, but although Ruppert submitted documents to the Select Intelligence Committees of both Houses, it remains only a document submitted in advance of testimony and has not been placed in the Congressional Record.

    Mike Ruppert became a dissident journalist, and founded From The Wilderness, a newsletter and website dedicated to investigating political cover-ups. His knowledge of criminal investigation has proved very helpful in looking into hidden events such as the US military drills carried out on September 11th. He has published influential books on Peak_Oil and US Foreign Policy. His 2009 film, Collapse was successful at reaching a wide audience. He worked on Collapsenet, a website-based network of people working on self-sufficient communities.

    He took his own life in 2014. He is sorely missed by many.

     

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  27. Flicker Coolidge
    Flicker
    @Flicker

    Ekosj (View Comment):

    There was a great series of articles in the OC Register that I can’t access anymore as it’s behind OCR’s paywall. It focused on the revolving door between drug rehabilitation/treatment centers and homeless. OCR documented dozens of SoCal rehabs that actively recruited addicts from around the country. They paid bounties to healthcare and judicial officials who sent them patients. The rehabs kept the ‘patients’ for 30/60/90 days … whatever insurance or government would pay for then give the ‘patients’ the heave-ho when the money runs out. That’s why so many addicts/homeless in SoCal are from elsewhere. They are importing addicts for ‘treatment’ but really for the cash flow the addicts represent. The addicts don’t get cured. And then get dumped on the street when they are no longer lucrative.

    Yeah, I think I read about that on Ace of Spades.

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  28. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Ontheleftcoast (View Comment):

    Also 2021A report from the House Appropriations Committee that accompanied the FY 2021 omnibus bill directed FDA to restart a pilot of unannounced short-term inspections in India and to establish a similar pilot in China.

    $3.5 M is allocated to the pilot program.

    Excellent information, OTLC. And outrageous, too. Do you know whether we’re making any progress in getting drug manufacturing back to the U.S.? I would guess that the Covid outbreak has slowed, if not stopped, that modification.

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  29. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill
    @CarolJoy

    @ekosj

    Our local Pacifica radio station had on a lovely program educating the public to the idea that most people who are in prison are there due to mental illness. With the premise being we simply can’t keep desperately sick people locked up, because they are sick.

    Of course, if it is your family member who was tossed in front of a subway train and crushed to death, you might be less concerned about the health status of the perp who did that and more concerned about  the idea of keeping such a vile person off the streets.

    The Dems feel bad about any and everyone being in jail. Except for insurrectionists, racists who voted for Trump and possibly, coming soon, the unvaxxed.

    Reading Ekosj comment above demonstrates that behind the love and compassion the Dems profess to have for down and out people is their very real  awareness of how much money the system can create to do such wonders as “de-tox the drug and booze adled” among us and Ca Ching! with some lil bit of  luck these programs could eclipse the money LBJ spent on The War on Poverty.

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  30. CACrabtree Coolidge
    CACrabtree
    @CACrabtree

    When the Sackler family is perp-walked into the Rikers Island jail I’ll begin paying attention.  Until then, forget about it.

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