Today’s fentanyl crisis: Prohibition’s Iron Law, revisited. – PubMed – NCBI – Int J Drug Policy. 2017 Aug
This is just a short abstract showing that scientists at the NIH understand that opioid prohibition is what caused much of the “opioid crisis”, which is actually a “fentanyl and heroin crisis”.
Cleverly conflating the numbers of fentanyl and heroin overdoses with prescription opioid overdoses, PROPaganda makes it look like there’s a problem with the prescription opioids prescribed to pain patients when this is absolutely not the case.
But it’s becoming more and more obvious that society’s “overdose crisis” is fueled by illicit drugs, not medications. (See CDC Over-Counting Rx Opioid Overdose Deaths)
More than a decade in the making, America’s opioid crisis has morphed from being driven by prescription drugs to one fuelled by heroin and, increasingly, fentanyl.
Drawing on historical lessons of the era of National Alcohol Prohibition highlights the unintended, but predictable impact of supply-side interventions on the dynamics of illicit drug markets.
Under the Iron Law of Prohibition, efforts to interrupt and suppress the illicit drug supply produce economic and logistical pressures favouring ever-more compact substitutes.
This iatrogenic progression towards increasingly potent illicit drugs can be curtailed only through evidence-based harm reduction and demand reduction policies that acknowledge the structural determinants of health.