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24 May 2010 @ 08:42 pm
I decline to believe that the War on Some Drugs is working  
Especially when I read in the news that ultrapure heroin, costing $10/bag, is becoming common in the US. This stuff is apparently so pure that it's killing its users -- according to the article, some of them are dying before they get the needle out of their vein or the straw out of their nose.
 
 
 
just the gurl you want: weep2girlgoyle on May 25th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
One of my papers started a series on this today.
http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2010/05/24/news/doc4bf9e18c10df5372354440.txt

The 23 year old who died was my son's BF cousin. According to this article its 15 bags for $100 or about $7.50 / bag
Jim Hetleyjhetley on May 25th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
I recall similar "stuff" causing deaths before.
Buddha Buckblaisepascal on May 25th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Pure heroin is a white powder. So when they describe "ultrapure heroin" as black tar or a brownish powder, the BS meter starts twinging. When they say that border agents seize 44lb to 190lb at the Mexican border in a year, and then discusses a suspected drug runner who is said to have smuggled 440lb per *month* to supply just two cities, the BS meter starts twinging more.

I tend to get over suspicious of highly dramatic, deliberately emotionally charged reporting about drugs, especially when the vast majority of sources cited are LEOs. As honorable as they may be, they aren't unbiased on the issue.
Villiersdianavilliers on May 25th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
This, and killing your clientbase (quickly, at least) is really bad for business, especially when you can prevent it and increase your profit margin with some cheap filler of some sort.
starcat_jewelstarcat_jewel on May 25th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
That was my first thought as well. It's bad business to kill your clients; first there's the initial loss of revenue, and then the word gets out on the street that your stuff is Bad Shit, Man.
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on May 25th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)

All I can say is that your icon is one of my favorite lines from that comic.

When it comes to drugs I get ranty, so will leave that be.
A Wandering Hobbitredbird on May 25th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
Like blaisepascal, I am cynical and skeptical here, in part because the "oh god, the drugs are getting purer!" story seems to come around every few years, along with the periodic "drugs are turning up in the suburbs, oh no!" ones.

Cynically, the War on Some Drugs is working: it continues to provide large numbers of jobs, largely for rural white people; be an ongoing argument for increasing police budgets and excuse for police misconduct; and to remove black people, especially black men, from the electorate. It isn't protecting the purity of our precious bodily fluids, but if that was ever the purpose it has long since ceased to be so.
The Evil Twingrey_evil_twin on May 25th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
It would be impossible to snort a black tar like substance. It would be like trying to snort vegemite.

Apart from that, changes in purity are one of the big causes of overdose, that's for sure. But that's always happened. The drug industry is very reflective of market forces, in that anything that is in oversupply becomes cheaper. Mexico gears up their production of poppies, and produces more efficiently, and of course prices will drop in the USA. Cheaper prices will influence what you buy and how much, which leads to how(much and often) you use it.

As for helping people and keeping them alive, I am very very pleased that Sydney has a supervised drug injecting space. This one measure has saved more lives, and helped more people than any "war" on drugs.
Bladerunnerbldrnrpdx on May 25th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
It would be like trying to snort vegemite

Thank you for that. I need to go wash my brain now. Pass the mental floss, eh?