The highly under-published problem of opioid prescription drug abuse actually is one of the main causes of our ongoing drug war. This drug war is currently being waged locally and nearby is reaching fever pitches in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
Opioid painkillers are a class of psychoactive substances that are mainly used for pain management and include codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone (among others).
Today, the extreme consumption of prescription opioids greatly surpasses that of any of our previous drug crises by all measures and accounts, including heroin in the 1960s and 1970s, and crack cocaine in the 1980s and 1990s.
The war on drugs is a term used to describe the federal government’s attempts to end the manufacturing, import, export, sale and use of illegal drugs through a series of anti-drug initiatives all aiming at the common goal of ending drug abuse.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower said in the New York Times that there is “a new war on narcotic addiction at the local, national and international level, with the establishment of an Interdepartmental Committee on Narcotics.” This was back on November 27, 1954. Eisenhower was responsible for creating and organizing the executive branch for “anti drug efforts.” TRecently, some The actual phrase “war on drugs” came from the mouth of President Richard M. Nixon at a press conference on June 17, 1971. During this press meeting Nixon described illegal drugs as “public enemy number one i the United States.”
Monterrey Casino Attack
The shocking Monterrey Casino Attack last month that killed 53 people and injured many more is yet another tale in a saga of human suffering in the War against Drugs. By some accounts, the War Against Drugs has failed.
Mexican officials declared the Monterey Casino massacre an “act of terror” where gunmen burst into the casino, sprayed the place with gasoline, and started a fire killing 53 people. The El Norte, one of Monterey’s largest newspapers, quoted officials saying that they expected the death toll to continue to climb and blamed the drug cartels.