US official warns of 'nationwide heroin crisis'

by Bradley Klapper

A top U.S. drug official says the United States is facing a "nationwide heroin crisis."

Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield says addicts and abusers have increased 75 percent in the last four years. He says the amount of pure heroin entering the U.S. has doubled.

Brownfield spoke Tuesday at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on U.S.-Mexican relations. He heads the department's international narcotics and law enforcement unit.

Brownfield said the U.S. has gotten better at interrupting cocaine and methamphetamine flows from Latin America. But he said heroin is a different problem.

Law enforcement authorities across the U.S. are warning the drug is making a comeback. Once mainly a city phenomenon, it has spread to rural villages and middle-class suburbs.

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Scottingham
not rated yet May 20, 2014
What did they think would happen when they put the squeeze on pills?
Osiris1
not rated yet May 21, 2014
Do with this what the Malaysians do. Sentence ALL the addicts, pushers, mid-rangers, and whatever to death. No appeal! Sentence carried out in public executions by heavy machine gun firing squads and done to martial music, for this is a national health problem and a national health hazard.. Make the verdict of guilty of this drug use or trafficking based on preponderance of evidence and by majority vote of juries, not unanimous as in other trials given the clear and present danger of the threat. All suspects to be held in concentration camps to prevent the transmission of this poisonous gene to others. Also find the sources, probably mainland chinese, of all this poison, and destroy all individuals found involved no matter whose nationality.
alfie_null
not rated yet May 26, 2014
Do with this what the Malaysians do. Sentence ALL the addicts, pushers, mid-rangers, and whatever to death.
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Also find the sources, probably mainland chinese, of all this poison, and destroy all individuals found involved no matter whose nationality.

No. The path is largely through the same south of the border cartels that push meth. You attempt to over-simplify a problem you don't accurately understand. That's not the way to find a workable solution.