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Afghanistan’s Opioid Revenge

One in every five deaths in young adults is opioid-related in the United States: study

Proportion of deaths that are opioid-related has increased by nearly 300 per cent in 15 years

By Ana Gajic, Dr. Tara Gomes (edited by Bahar Media)

One out of every five deaths among young adults in the United States is related to opioids, suggests a study led by researchers in Canada.

A study published this past week, in JAMA Network Open and led by St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, ON, found that the percentage of deaths attributable to opioids in the U.S. increased by 292 per cent from 2001 to 2016, with one in every 65 deaths related to opioid use by 2016. This number varied by age group and sex. Men represented nearly 70 per cent of all opioid deaths by 2016, and the highest burden was among young adults aged 24 to 35 years. This study expands on research in Canadian populations.

“Despite the amount of attention that has been placed on this public health issue, we are increasingly seeing the devastating impact that early loss of life from opioids is having across the United States,” said Dr. Tara Gomes, a scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s. “In the absence of a multidisciplinary approach to this issue that combines access to treatment, harm reduction and education, this crisis will impact the U.S. for generations.”

Researchers reviewed all deaths in the U.S. between 2001 and 2016 using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WONDER Multiple Cause of Death Online Database. This record captures mortality and population estimates across the U.S. by age and sex. The most dramatic increase in illicit and prescribed opioid-related deaths was seen in those aged 24 to 35. By 2016, 20 per cent of all deaths in this age group were related to opioid use – up from only 4 per cent in 2001.

Dr. Gomes, who is also a scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Ontario, and her team found that a total of 1,681,359 years of life were lost prematurely to opioid-related causes in 2016, which exceeds the years of life lost each year from hypertension, HIV/AIDS and pneumonia in the U.S.

“These numbers show us the dramatic impact of opioid-related harms across all demographics in the U.S.,” Dr. Gomes said. “We know this is not an isolated public health issue – it is one that spans across North America.”

Looking back several decades, to before the US led invasion of Afghanistan, there was no Opioid problem in the U.S. The official narrative provided by the U.S. government is that all this opium is coming from Mexico and that much of this is linked to an increase in use of prescription pain killers! But this is simply bullshit.

Neither Mexico, nor Columbia nor any Latin American country has the production capacity to produce opium on the scale of Afghanistan.  UN data, provided year after year, confirm that Afghanistan is producing over 90% of the world opium. And the problem with the ‘prescription’ drugs theory is that these deaths are NOT due to excessive use of prescription drugs but of Heroin itself. Yes, for sure, people are switching from expensive prescription drugs to street opioids, but why? Because, street drugs are so cheap and plentiful. The point is the streets have been flooded with opiods from Afghanistan.

Bottom line, Afghanistan is flooding the U.S. with drugs. If 9/11 caused the deaths of 3000 Americans, and that is why the U.S. invaded Afghanistan (because the killers resided there), what is the U.S. doing about the literally hundreds of thousands of deaths due to opioids from Afghanistan being caused every year for the past 20 years. Afghan opioid production has continued to hit record highs year after year, with no limit in sight. And no one in the U.S. seems to care about it. Nothing is being done. Nothing.