Heroin Is Deadlier Than It Used to Be, Thanks to the War on Drugs

How prohibition promotes drug poisoning



Between 2007 and 2013, heroin-related deaths increased more than twice as much as heroin use. In my latest Forbes column, I consider some possible explanations for that divergence:

After the esteemed actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died in February 2014, press coverage of the "heroin epidemic" exploded. Mentions of that phrase in the newspaper and wire service articles catalogued by Nexis rose from 681 in 2013 to 3,222 in 2014, an increase of almost 400 percent. Yet Hoffman—who by his own account used heroin in his early 20s, then abstained for more than two decades before taking up the habit again in 2013—was hardly representative of the upward trend in heroin use that began around 2008, which consisted mainly of people trying the drug for the first time.

Hoffman was typical in at least one respect, however. He died not from a "heroin overdose," as widely reported, but from "mixed drug intoxication" involving cocaine, amphetamine, and benzodiazepines as well as heroin. The combination of heroin and benzodiazepines, a class of drugs that includes Valium and Xanax, presumably was what killed him, since both depress respiration. The dangerous combination of depressants is a very common theme in so-called heroin overdoses, a fact that may help explain why such deaths have climbed dramatically in recent years—more dramatically than you would expect based on the increase in heroin consumption.

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  1. By design or not, these effects of prohibition presumably discourage drug use by making it more dangerous, but only by sacrificing the lives of those who are undeterred.

    In every war their are casualties.

  2. That evil FL Ag Patty Bondi was on FOX claiming that dealers are making heroin in pill from.Had pics of blue pills..Is this really a thing or another myth.Sounds like wasted time and money to produce pills.She is a kwon drug warrior and liar.

    1. Yeah, but she’s a looker (especially for her age). I’d sit for her bar exam any day, if you know what I mean.

      1. A oral exam? I think she needs punished ,and ,there are those on here willing and capable enough to do it right.

    2. Heroin (like morphine) is only orally active in high doses. Selling heroin pills would either result in not many people getting very high or drug dealers going out of business because they are charging 5x-10x for an equivalent dose (or offering 5x-10x the dose for the same amount of money.)

      Silly hysteria.

      1. So,she’s most likely lying or is a dumb blonde,or both.

  3. Religious/Morality ideology is far more goddamn addictive and its loser fiends of millions get sparkly happy houses with beaming choirs, joy-chocked luncheons, and a fantastical array of purpose so fucking richly delusional it infects the vagina of military and government with crowds of spasmodic sperm intent on destroying anything goddamn alien to its own visions of ass-slurping revelation.

    1. *stands back and admires*

  4. War on drugs ineffective? Leads to incarceration? Leads to more violence? The answer?

    MOAR WAR!!

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