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  •  Short answer (15+ / 0-)
    If the war on drugs is so goddamned effective, why are we seeing MORE heroin than less?
    We're seeing more heroin because we're cracking down on script narcotics- Between reformulations to make them less abuseable, the incredible street level price inflation of the last couple years, and the end of the FLA pill mills that were supplying most of the nation, people can't afford their pill narcotic habits anymore.

    So we're seeing more heroin BECAUSE another aspect of the Drug war HAS been somewhat successful. Oddly, it turned out that all the junkies didn't just vanish.

    Who could have predicted? (/snark)

    •  My belief, and I don't do science on this stuff, (0+ / 0-)

      is that increasing body count for a drug always correlates with decreasing price. Something pretty major shifts when folks really start accidentally offing themselves. It has to be both cheap and easy before potency raises to the point where the O.D.s come hot and heavy. Otherwise, people, even addicts, tend to get into more of a routine. I think that people learn to get high, but start to die when something overwhelming happens in the marketplace.

      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:53:46 PM PST

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