Privilege has its limits: White America’s heroin/opiod drug epidemic ignored by US government


Proving that White skin without “real” money has its limits, White suburbanites, rural and even city dwellers are dying like flies from drug overdoses in staggering numbers, as a result of a serious drug epidemic, yet there is little mention of it in the Big Business press and there has been little government intervention.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 33,091 Americans died from opioid overdose in 2015, outnumbering gun deaths. And 91 Americans (overwhelmingly White) die every day from an opioid overdose, but very little funding has been set aside for treatment, prevention or drug interdiction.

Last August one town rushed to save 26 people who had overdosed in one afternoon. Young Whites have been found overdosed on buses and bus stops, in cars, and even in front of their children. One older couple overdosed and collapsed recently on a Memphis sidewalk.

According to a report last December, by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, one out of every 130 babies was born drug addicted in rural areas nationwide. Neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition in which the newborn has to go through drug withdrawal after birth, has skyrocketed in rural areas over the past decade from 1.2 per every 1,000 hospital births to 7.5 per 1,000. In urban areas the rate has risen from 1.4 to 4.8 per 1,000.

The result of all these children being born to junkie mothers is that they ( White children) are being taken from parental custody and placed with relatives or in foster homes. In Vermont alone ,this rose 40 percent between 2013 and 2016, according to the state’s Department for Children and Families.

Just for a minute imagine Black parents and even grandparents overdosing in front of their children, or passing out and od’ing on buses,or in the middle of the street, at work or even while driving,

Imagine the response of the general public to scores of Black women delivering drug addicted babies.

We don’t have to imagine, we know what happened when some Black women strung out on crack, delivered addicted children in the late 1980’s early 1990’s. The news media competed with one another to see who could print or broadcast the most sordid, sick and/or sensational tale of crack addiction in the Black community. They reported ad-nauseum about how the advent of crack and crack addicts and crack babies was destroying the soul of America.

Congress people competed to see who could come up with the most draconian punishment for users and distributers. No doubt when the need arises, the power structure will have no problem demonizing White drug addicts as well.

However, White dysfunction, (in this case drug addiction) undermines the narrative that only Black and Colored folks (POC) are dysfunctional. So it can’t be front page news. It doesn’t fit the “folks in charge” narrative of Black=good, White=bad. White addicts are simply illicit drug users, while Black addicts are thugs.

Consequently, Whites are made to suffer because White drug fiends don’t fit the script, they don’t, fit the narrative, its “off message” so to speak. So the alarm hasn’t been sounded as it should.

Unfortunately, this crisis has its roots in the medical and pharmaceutical communities. Doctors over the last decade have over prescribed pain killers like oxycontin, which if patients become addicted to,turn to heroin or synthetic opioids like fentanyl, which is estimated to be about 50 times as powerful as heroin and has accounted for many of the overdose deaths.

Compounding the problem, greedy, profiteering, thuggish pharmaceutical companies dumped tons of opioids on the market without asking questions of those they were supplying. Unscrupulous doctors should also have to face consequences for the fact that they exacerbated this crisis. Some doctors have been caught selling opioids illegally.

Without question somebody ought to go to jail.

Predictably, the government’s efforts at interdiction are hindered by its benefactors finance capital Big Banks need to make profit. And drugs and drug dealing is as major a capitalist enterprise. Only the naïve believe differently.

Incidentally, opium production in Afghanistan has been on the rise since the US invasion, going from a few hundred tons in 2001 to about 4,800 tons today. The Taliban had worked to rid the country of its opium crop and had almost succeeded until the US arrived.

The CIA has a history of involvement in illicit drug dealing dating back to Vietnam. It’s cocaine dealing during the Iran/Contra scandal was exposed by journalist Garry Webb in the early 1990’s..

It has been reported by economists that drug trafficking is the third largest cash global commodity in the world, after oil and the arms trade. The opium trade brings in tens of billions yearly. According to Global Research, “The revenues derived from the global trade in heroin [money laundering] constitute a multi-billion dollar bonanza for financial [banking] institutions and organized crime.”

To paraphrase Kanye West, when it comes to the heroin/opiod epidemic it doesn’t appear that the government cares about White people either.

justice then peace

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