Past Features

October 20, 2015

Mexico is Killing Our Kids
Should we try to save them?

USNews.com -- October 19, 2015
The Heroin Epidemic, in 9 Graphs
Heroin use has skyrocketed in the U.S., and it's hitting young adults the hardest.
    The White House released a plan this week to pour $5 million into combating heroin use and trafficking. The plan followed months of warnings from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention about the explosion in heroin use in the U.S.
    Presidential candidates have also spoken out on the issue. Hillary Clinton has called the heroin and methamphetamine addiction a "quiet epidemic" and held roundtables to discuss the issue with voters. Rand Paul has spoken repeatedly about the racial aspect of the war on drugs and said that he would change minimum sentencing laws if elected. Chris Christie has enacted reforms in his home state of New Jersey, saying he favored treatment instead of imprisonment, and calling drug addiction a disease that "can happen to anyone from any station in life."
    In the last decade, heroin abuse has skyrocketed. The rate of heroin-related overdose deaths increased 286 percent between 2002 and 2013. In 2002, 100 people per 100,000 were addicted to heroin but that number had doubled by 2013.

InSightCrime.org -- October 12, 2015    
DEA Lays Out New Dynamic for Regional Heroin Trafficking
    A top DEA official has sounded the alarm over how heroin traffickers in Mexico have massively increased poppy cultivation and expanded their distribution networks into the east coast of the United States as they look to cash in on the growing number of US heroin users.
    In Congressional testimony (pdf) on October 8 regarding drug abuse, Acting Deputy Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Jack Riley said the DEA had documented a 50 percent increase in the cultivation of poppy (the plant used to make heroin) in Mexico, primarily in the state of Guerrero and the Mexican "Golden Triangle" of Durango, Sinaloa, and Chihuahua.

TimesBullletin.com -- April 18 2014    
Ohio sees record high heroin overdose deaths
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
Saving Our Kids
    American Border Patrol recently tested a border security system that can detect and track anyone who tries to cross the border.... SEE SHORT VIDEO. It is called SEIDARM, and it could be installed to provide a seamless line of detection from Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, California --- in a matter of a couple of months. Coupled with all the other US Border Patrol stuff, SEIDARM could put a halt to drug smuggling between ports of entry. It could save our kids.

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