The Great Opiate Epidemic of New England continues. Crazy:
On Tuesday, the Boston Public Health Commission announced a sudden spike in suspected opioid overdoses, with EMS responding to 32 incidents, including one death, on Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 — four times as many incidents as during the same period last year.
Then on Saturday, two people were found dead in a South End housing project. I’m up here visiting family and when I got to South Station the bathroom was a junky party. In fact, the whole area around the station is one big drug market of zoned out white kids in Celtics gear with blistery skin.
Why are so many people dying from opiates? The United States government is largely to blame. For the last 15 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has corruptly approved deadly drugs. The FDA approved all these super-opiates like OxyContin in the late 90s. They made their way to the street market. By the early 2000s, kids were crushing and snorting OCs to void the pill’s time release and create an instant uber-high. Yes, the high is fucking insanely euphoric–many say better than heroin, even.
But the pills cost so much on the streets: $1 a milligram. And OCs were 40-80mgs. Addicts soon needed $100-300 a day to sustain habits. Drug cartels saw opportunity. Heroin from Mexico increased four-fold in the 2000s. The black market is now awash in potent, cheap heroin. In recent years, federal and local authorities cracked down on pain meds. OCs are no longer snortable–they’re made of a rubbery substance. Pills still are available but many users have moved to heroin. It’s now a double epidemic, one FDA created, the other by cartel reactionaries.
No one gave a shit about this until Philip Seymour Hoffmann died. Suddenly, the word “epidemic” was being thrown around New England statehouses and now we have a new war on drugs. It was already too late. I’ve lost too many friends to this shit. Good work, FDA. No other developed country offers these heroin-like products.
Oh, and heroin itself was invented as a drug by–who else?–the fucking GERMANS. Bayer named it. It was a derivative of morphine, which come from opium poppies. Hitler and his entire inner circle loved opiates (shocker).