A new report finds that heroin addiction is a growing problem in the Twin Cities.
Carol Falkowski of the Minnesota Department of Human Services says the number of people admitted for treatment of heroin addiction doubled over the past decade.
Availability of the drug is a major reason.
“Most people don’t realize that, for many drug abusers, heroin is just a phone call away,” she said.
Falkowski said the increase is linked to the Mexican pipeline, which once brought cocaine and now brings heroin.
“It has to do with availability and it has to do with high purity heroin at very low prices,” she said.
Other trends in the twice-annual report: a decline in cocaine use but an increase in synthetic marijuana.
Where is this heroin coming from? Answer: nearly all of it comes from Afghanistan, now occupied by US troops. In 2001 the ruling Taliban outlawed the production of poppy seeds used to make heroin. Heroin production dropped to zero. Then the US invaded, and heroin production skyrocketed.
It’s a painful truth to face, but our soldiers invaded Afghanistan to restore and protect the heroin trade, so that our young people can become addicts. Much the same thing happened in South East Asia during the Vietnam War.