Reading About the Opioid Epidemic

I’m reading The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth. It’s really well written, and has offered many details that surprised me.

For example, did you know that one of the reasons that the Magic Bullet blender is so successful? Turns out that it is used to mix fentanyl with other substances. And, coffee grinders are used to reduce pills to smaller particles.

Two things I regularly use. And, they are intimately connected to opioid production.

I’m relatively sheltered. I never did use drugs (A fact that astounded my students, once they actually realized I was serious, and not just dissembling). I don’t hang with those that do. I’ve lived in marginal neighborhoods in the past, but, at that time, drug manufacture and sales were not as omnipresent.

I’ve largely been a bystander. I’ve seen the destruction wrought on my students, some of whom are users, but more of whom had family members – often parents – creating chaos in their addictions. Sometimes legal drugs or alcohol, but often illegal pharmaceuticals.

The money brought in via the ‘Covid paychecks’ has led to many aimless people, with money and no particular ambition, taking the path of least resistance, and settling for a ‘mildly high’ everyday condition. I’m more than a little nervous about what will happen when the gravy train stops.

It won’t just be the ghetto addict. Granny is a heavy pill user – anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, pain meds. Mom and Dad, too. And, let’s not mention the kids, who often get addicted used pain meds to manage their sports injuries.

Now, for the Big Money – who is the largest supplier of the chemicals that are used to make fentanyl?

Reveal the answer by highlighting here – China.


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    • glasslass on November 16, 2021 at 3:33 PM

    While we all know that it appears that the powers to be in dc are clueless.

    • Roll-aid on November 16, 2021 at 7:40 PM

    For a fraction of price of one fighter-bomber the Chinese could probably produce enough Fentanyl to kill the entire population of Planet Earth.  (An Internet search came up with a fatal dose being 2 milligrams and a global population of 8 Billion).   It’s about 35 pounds if my math skills are not gone entirely.  They have no need to do that, of course, being that a good chunk of those 8 Billion are Chinese and their entire economy depends on commercial trade in some fashion with the balance of the non-Chinese population.  
    Putting a fraction that 35 pounds into the hands of drug smugglers — who can now basically stroll across the border — is far more effective at creating harm to our citizens and our country than any ‘kinetic’ weapon could possibly do.  Not just the addicts. Their family, their community, the medical services…all pay a real price.   And it’s cumulative.  Recovering addicts are rarely truly productive members of a high performing society.  
    None of that is fatal, of course, for a society as wealthy as the USA. But it is one more way to distract our leaders, lay waste to the core cities and more. 

    • James L Horn on November 17, 2021 at 11:35 AM

    35,000 pounds. Sorry.

      • Roll-aid on November 17, 2021 at 1:38 PM

      Yes, you are correct. 35,000 pounds. Serves me right for using pencil and paper and posting after a beer or two. Still, for a large scale pharmaceutical production line, that’s probably not all that much.

      The point, I believe, is the same. Today, China can’t defeat the US short of a nuclear holocaust which would be suicide for China as well. Xi and his leadership are not stupid and don’t want their country and themselves to be an input to a Poseidon missiles’ targeting and guidance computer.

      We are on the road to defeat ourselves.

    • Linda Fox on November 17, 2021 at 12:23 PM

    Roll-Aid, you have nailed this. They really don’t want to destroy us, just cripple us, and decimate our manufacturing capability.

    • Georgiaboy61 on November 17, 2021 at 6:38 PM

    Re: The PRC and fentanyl
    Among historians, political scientists and others who follow national security developments, it has been something of a open secret that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Beijing have been waging asymmetric war against the U.S. since the 1990s. Albeit something not much discussed in the light of day until fairly recently, since the deep-state and the PRC are old pals with many goals in common.
    The CCP have something they call “the century of humiliation,” which forms the centerpiece of the anti-U.S./anti-western propaganda campaign to which ordinary Chinese themselves have been subjected. In brief, this refers to the century or so from the 1840s to the 1940s, when the western imperial powers (along with Japan) intervened in China on a more-or-less ongoing basis.
    First the British in the Opium Wars, later others and then after the Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the century, the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan had forces stationed on Chinese soil, as these were an agreed-upon part of the peace settlement from the Boxer Rebellion.
    The idea of “saving face” is immensely important in East Asian cultures, including that of China. China’s honor is at stake, or so the CCP would like the people of that nation to believe, in avenging the imperialists. The CCP also want to knock the U.S. off her perch as the dominant power in the world, and anything which can be done to that end is something they will do or consider doing.
    Sun Tzu, the ancient Chinese military philosopher, said that the greatest general can defeat his enemy before taking the field of battle, and the most-skilled of all can defeat him without force of arms at all. This is what the Xi Jinping and the CCP are attempting to do by flooding the U.S. and the West with cheap and highly-potent narcotics such as fentanyl. Crippling our communities and towns, one by one, via a “drug epidemic” is prima facie a case of unconventional warfare writ large.
    Call it “death by a thousand cuts” re-branded for the 21st century…. and the historical symmetry to the opium wars of the 1800s can’t be lost on the mandarins in Beijing. They go in for that sort of thing.

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