Washington Times, July 18, 2017
There has been significant focus of late on "America’s 50-state epidemic" — opioid addiction. Many reasons have been advanced for this problem. One is that legally prescribed opioids can lead to heroin abuse. Another is that economic downturns lead to increased drug abuse. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated: "Heroin use has increased across the U.S. among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels."
One of the main drivers of this epidemic, however, is the very availability of heroin. Where does the heroin come from? As Politifact has noted: “[N]early all of the heroin available in the United States comes from Mexico and South America.”
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