Black market for drugs has soared after US drug war ends
The black market for illicit drugs has skyrocketed in recent years, despite the US government’s withdrawal of a major anti-drug initiative.
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Strategy (NDOS) was meant to curb the demand for synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, which has been linked to a spike in overdoses.
But it has failed to stop the flow of drugs into the US, and the black market has grown since.
The number of overdose deaths for black Americans rose by 5.9% in 2018, and by 5% in 2019, according to the latest data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
In the last five years, overdose deaths among black Americans have tripled, from 11,000 to more than 17,000.
A new analysis from Johns Hopkins University shows that the heroin market is thriving, with a large number of suppliers selling it at black market prices, and it’s still relatively cheap.
In many states, including New York and California, the number of users who inject heroin is on the rise.
“People are going into the heroin trade, so it’s no surprise to see the black-market price,” said David Fathi, the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Study of Drug Policy.
“The fact that they are getting their drugs at these high prices means that there’s a lot of demand, and people are using them.
That’s really, really troubling.”
Fathi and other experts have argued that the black drug market is not the result of the drug war’s efforts to target black markets, but is instead an unintended consequence of a US policy that has largely prioritised black people’s lives.
They say the NDOS had been aimed at preventing drug addiction, but the NDOs failure to address the supply chain has pushed heroin and fentanyl into the black markets.
They also argue that the NDS is not effective because it failed to address a huge increase in overdoses from fentanyl.
The NDOS has led to the creation of a large, nationwide black market, but there are still huge black-on-black violence, as well as black-owned businesses that sell the drugs.
“If the NDs efforts to reduce drug use and abuse are truly meant to address demand, then it’s not a complete failure,” said Fathi.
“We’re seeing a lot more fentanyl, fentanyl-based opioids, and heroin.”‘
They’re getting it for cheap’The NDos was supposed to target the black and brown markets for fentanyl, but its failure to act on supply chains is creating a large black market.
“A lot of the fentanyl that we see now in the black communities is fentanyl that was sold for under $100 in the past and it is now being sold for $600-$800,” Fathi said.
“So it’s really getting it to these black markets for $400 or $500 a gram.”
Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that is 30 times more potent than morphine, and Fathi says fentanyl is becoming more widely available in many parts of the US.
“There’s an abundance of fentanyl, so the fentanyl is getting into these black communities for cheap, and that’s a problem because there’s still a lot that needs to be done,” he said.
The DEA has made a series of public announcements since the NDos came into effect, promising to make it easier to track fentanyl and opioid trafficking.
However, some experts have raised questions about how the US is doing its part to stop fentanyl from reaching black communities, and whether it’s effective.
“It’s really difficult to say that the drug enforcement strategy was a success,” said Richard Fidler, a senior research fellow at the University of Maryland’s Center for Substance Abuse Research.
“I think there’s been a lot less enforcement, and a lot fewer prosecutions.”
What’s also important to note is that the increase in fentanyl is happening because of the NDOC, which was not designed to address fentanyl.
“In New York, Fidlers research found that the number in state prisons for fentanyl and other opioids is increasing at a rate that is about five times the national rate.
Fidlers data also showed that black people are more likely to be arrested and convicted for possession of fentanyl.”
Fidler also believes that the war on drugs has had an impact on the black community, as drug users often become involved in crime and end up in prison.””
They suggest that we’re not going to be able to reduce opioid abuse, we’re going to continue to see fentanyl continue to flow in.”
Fidler also believes that the war on drugs has had an impact on the black community, as drug users often become involved in crime and end up in prison.
“Many black people who are incarcerated are not going through any kind of treatment or rehabilitation,” he added.
“In many cases, they end up as felons and then go back into the prison system.”
He also worries about the NDUS’s effect on black people, as the drugs will be sold at high prices on the street, making it difficult for them to get help and to make a living.
“They’re going into these heroin markets for