United States: Tragedy of its Drug Addicts

Doubt grows even more regarding the prospect of stopping the huge narcotic consumption that dominates that country.

Last Saturday the column Trasfondo in the New Herald newspaper, published an article in Miami that helps to better understand the situation.

Under the title: "The Big Business of Pain: how and why North Americans die with Drugs."          

The writer was the well-known specialist Jorge Dávila Miguel.

It begins by telling that the drug consumption incrementally grows, although the alarmed is not going off.

Even President Donald Trump, he says, mentioned the fact when he recently spoke "of the deadly outbreak of drugs that lashes the country"

Dávila Miguel remembered that in 2016 more than 59 000 people died of drug overdose, a figure far higher than the total of fallen soldiers in the aggression against Vietnam.

And among those victims drugs killed 17 536 human beings.

Two months ago the governor for Florida, Rick Scott, proclaimed an alert and gave 27 million dollars in favor of those who are cornered by the epidemic.

What’s new?

The enemy, highlights Dávila Miguel, doesn’t come from the Coca plantations of South America, or from poppy fields in Afghanistan, and has nothing to do with drug dealers.

Then, who is the enemy? "The U.S. pharmaceutical industry", asserts the author of the article.

He adds, as well as white neck executives in the states of Connecticut or Manhattan.

Then Dávila Miguel tells shortly of his records:

They began in 1996, when the Firm Perdue Pharma launched to the market OxyContin, an opioid which profited in the first four years 1,100 million dollars.

Before this success, other corporations launched to the market similar products.

In 2016, nearly 300 million prescriptions were already distributed, enough to offer a bottle of sedatives to each American, including newly born children.

What’s the outcome? A thriving market of 24 000 million dollars a year.

That is a seemingly harmless sedative had already become an addiction.

The New Herald assured this Saturday in its section Trasfondo:

"Big Pharma had attained the dream of any drug enterprise owner, to distribute the drugs legally and even with a prescription."

Everything on an ideal scenario for their gigantic and trivial business, the American society is very sick with an uncertain prognosis.

Aircraft that Violated Venezuelan Airspace Demolished

The Strategic Command Operations of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (CEOFANB) has confirmed the demolition of an aircraft that was violating Venezuelan airspace, in southern Maracaibo Lake, Zulia state.

The CEOFANB published a note last night on its Twitter account expressing that it shot down the aircraft in sovereign sky in southern Maracaibo Lake through the Aerospace Defense System.'

Venezuelan Defense Minister, Vladimir Padrino Lopez, commented that the National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) is an institution committed to the defense of the sovereignty, under the principles established in the constitution.

'Any person or thing that attacks our sovereignty will receive a firm and forceful response from the FANB,' General Padrino said.

No further details of the incident have been so far offered and it is unknown where demolished aircraft came from.

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Miami: When They Reveal it themselves

In this case a journalist living on his own flesh the reality of every 24 hours.

His name is Sabina Covo who wrote an article this weekend named: "Miami, our corruption and indifference."

He started narrating the dialogue held at Sweetwater with a journalist of the Colombian television.

He was seeking data regarding the loud scandal that hits the police from that Floridian territory.

A total of 19 confiscated weapons presumably missing, narcotics, lost receipts, the FBI involved and the anti-corruption unit of Miami Dade.

According to the reporter, she asked her colleague the reason for covering Sweetwater, an insignificant place as a world event.

Answer? Sabina, "a city of the United States where evidence is lost from the very evidence room. It kind of rhymes. She is right. It’s international news".

The journalist from the Herald wrote next:

We have realized that this city is not the only corrupt place in the country because most of us are Hispanic, "although unluckily for some that’s the way it is."

And added: Miami among other things is the capital of Medicare fraud, of identity theft and taxes.

Next the journalist sentenced that there "tricks are everywhere", and he wrote that down:

Drugs get lost which are later sold by the very people who supposedly impose the law.

In Miami-Dade the poor voting attendance during elections or the fragile presence of activists in public committees is far from praiseworthy, she underlines.

People’s indolence stirs corruption, affirms Covo, and that’s why we should avoid to be paired with a “banana republic” where they buy their elections.

This isn’t the first time that these kinds of professionals reveal the existence of serious social blisters in Miami.

Among them the Cuban Andrés Hernández Alende, two years ago one of the main opponents in the International Contest of Novel Latin Contact.

Alende, residing in that city, is the author of the novel The Decline, where he approaches the boundless corruption and ambitions that prevail in Miami.  

Before he had published "Paradise had a Price", a work also dealing with those matters.

Those revealing titles could have described in advance, to a certain degree, the present and future of that elegant and gloomy Floridian town.  

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A Third of Afghan Forces Involved in Drug Trade

According to Russia's Federal Drug Control Service, a third of Afghan troops have deserted to join the country's drug trade industry.

“A concentration of foreign forces and fighting in a drug-producing state has ensured a climate of rampant desertion from the local armed forces and police,” Viktor Ivanov, director of the federal body, explained.

Afghanistan is known to be a primary source for opiate production, including heroin. The country is also a large producer of marijuana.

Speaking at the Second Anti-narcotics Ministerial Conference in Moscow, Ivanov explained that most of the drugs produced in the Middle Eastern country end up in Russia and Eastern Europe, due to its closeness to the region.

Opium production in the country has steadily increased over the years, despite the presence of a United States counter-narcotics mission. Last year opium production reached record-high levels.

The anti-narcotics mission is headed by the private company Blackwater — now renamed Alumni — which received a contract from the U.S. government worth US$309 million for training the Afghan National Interdiction Unit, the Ministry of Interior and the Border Police.

According to Ivanov, the situation is particularly troubling since the Islamic State group is now financing itself from drug money, with an estimated annual income of US$1 billion from drug trafficking.

Reports of the IS group operating in Afghanistan have raised concern, and even prompted an outspoken rejection by the Taliban.

The United Nations will hold a General Assembly on drugs next year, to address the global problem.

DEA Chief Expected to Resign over Prostitution Scandals

WASHINGTON – The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Michele Leonhart, is expected to present her resignation after the news broke that some of its agents were involved in sex parties with prostitutes, U.S. media reported Tuesday.

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