SiG has a post (RTWT) wherein the CATO Institute has noticed that opioid abuse isn't Rx meds, but rather exclusively street ODs on heroin and fentanyl (CATO is still rather clueless, it's not fentanyl, it's carfentanil that's responsible, the home-cooked-only synthetic version with toxicity on a par with nerve gas).
We told you this here long since. (So did SiG, BTW.)
And told you.
And told you.
I don't know everything, but what I do know is generally correct to about 9 decimal places.
The solution is simple, and two-fold:
Ban Narcan for 5 years.
Build. The. Wall.
Bonus: it requires neither doubling down, nor outright surrendering in the
Libertarian drug-lovers, rejoice.
Within a year, you'll be able to count opiate OD deaths on your thumbs in most states, annually. Because after addicts die the first time, recidivism drops off precipitously!
They'll be a brief spike in indigent funeral costs with no Narcan, but that will be more than offset in savings from lack of welfare and disability payments to junkies, and reduction in needle exchange and urban needle discard clean-up efforts. Due to Darwinian selection weeding them out in wholesale batches again.
And under The Enemy gets A Vote:
When the cartels decide that to preserve market share, they have to get kids hooked early, (which they'll do in a heartbeat, just like ever) can we finally, FFS, agree to execute street-level dealer m*****f*****s for their first offense, same day as sentencing, from here on out?
That's all I ask.
I'll even donate one day a month at the state prison to put in IVs for lethal injections if necessary, to help this along.
More forward-thinking states can just switch back to hanging, gassing, shooting, and electrocution, as previously practiced. Guillotine would even be acceptable.
LA and FL trying to televise them being fed alive to gators and hogs, while hilarious and a madly profitable endeavor, will probably not survive the obligatory court challenge, but the cable revenues would probably subsidize all prison costs for the first year.