Can we just rename this the fentanyl epidemic? Because that’s what it is. Fentanyl has polluted the entire black market drug supply in the United States, and it’s killing people right and left. Why has fentanyl polluted the drug supply? Because it’s a very cheap way to boost a drug’s effects. A tiny bit of fentanyl added to a small amount of genuine product and a large quantity of cutting agents reaps huge profits for sellers.
And why are they able to do this? Because the War on Drugs criminalizes drugs and prevents them from being subjected to any testing or oversight. The War on Drugs — fueled by the same prison and military industrial complexes backed by gun manufacturers and other moneyed parties — has a vested interest in killing drug users with batches spiked with fentanyl and killing drug suppliers with guns sold to drug enforcement agencies and programs. All violence surrounding drugs, most of the corruption in the prison industry, and the vast majority of the deaths related to drugs can be traced back to the War on Drugs.
If you end the War on Drugs and decriminalize drug use, you simultaneously eliminate the so-called opioid crisis and diminish the demand for firearms and, as such, lessen the influence of arms manufacturers.
But that will never happen in a country full of politicians on the payrolls of all these same companies. If you vote for a person who takes money from corporate interests, you are voting to continue the escalation of fentanyl overdoses, increase prison overcrowding, and do nothing to stop school shootings. There’s really no other way to put it. A vote for any of these people is a vote for death in the United States and abroad.