Chicago Is Now The Heroin Overdose Capital Of The World

July 13, 2010

A recent study has found that Chicago is #1 in the nation when it comes to overdosing heroin addicts. Congratulations, Chicago!

First it’s tangled in the trial of an ex-governor, then it loses a major Supreme Court gun ban case, and now, as if the Windy City needed another blow, a new report is out saying heroin use has become as thick in the Chicago area as deep dish pizza.

Researchers from Roosevelt University released the study Monday, which cites as part of its evidence a sharp increase to 24,000 people admitted to emergency wards for problems related to using smack. Chicagoland now has the highest number of any metropolitan area in this category.

How’s that War On Drugs working out for us? There can be no doubt that driving these people into the horrors of the black market is what really caused their overdoses. Who knows what is in the drugs they buy. Who knows where they go to get it or use it.

Unfortunately most people don’t give a crap, as long as it isn’t their child, or sister, or uncle who is doing the overdosing.

6 Responses to Chicago Is Now The Heroin Overdose Capital Of The World

  1. james on July 13, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Bambam Barry Hussein comes from Chicago, too.

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  3. Fuzzlenutter on July 13, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Congratulations Mayor Daley! You must be proud!

  4. Clair Schwan on July 13, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Relax, the good mayor will handle this – he’s in charge and the citizens are not. This is the way it should be. Remember, his name is Daley, and that puts him in the category of American royalty – at least in Chicago it does. The people of Chicago know their place, they are mere subjects that work hard to support the royalty that rules them.

    Now, let’s look at the problem here. It’s seems to be a matter of shooting we’re talking about – first all of that shooting at one another business, and now one of shooting up instead. Let’s see, a ban on spoons? No, perhaps registering needles and syringes? A general ban on shooting? The solution will come to me soon enough. Regardless, all it takes is another few city ordinances and everything will be better again.

    You see, it’s more government control that’s called for here. It isn’t that the war on drugs has failed us, it’s simply that we’ve just not given it a chance to work. I know we’ve spent billions of dollars and lost many tens of thousands of lives, but it’s all for a good cause – a drug free America. You know, where the only drugs available to the population are those approved by the government (and certain special interest groups) and available at drug stores and state controlled liquor stores and smoke shops. Besides, it’s tough to admit we’ve made a mistake as costly as this for so many years.

    It dawns on me that there is a parallel between illegal drugs and illegal gambling, like running numbers – the idea of people running numbers used to be illegal until the state found a way to make money on it by calling it a lottery and creating a monopoly so no one, except themselves and their most favored accomplices, could make income on it in the marketplace. Of course, they also created more government jobs and a more robust government infrastructure to oversee the whole operation, and that seemed to please them just fine.

    That’s it. I knew the solution would come to me. It’s all rather simple. To hell with admitting we were wrong about inhibiting free choice, wasting lives, wasting money we’ve legally stolen from taxpayers, and unreasonably interfering with what the marketplace really wants, let’s focus instead on turning this into a money making opportunity. Remember, money talks.

    So, let’s all put our heads together and find a way for government (and their special supporters) to have a monopoly on the drug trade, and then let’s call it something else that is more acceptable. How about something like the Stressed Citizen Therapy Program? It sounds good to me. Perhaps with such a government program in place, all of this shooting up will stop making the paper. After all, we could rely on the government to regulate purity, concentration and proper labeling for the product in the marketplace. We’d still have our addicts, just like we still have our alcoholics, but at least it would be legal and with various suppliers springing up in the marketplace, the price of the product would plummet. With lower prices and enhanced availability, it would no longer be something worth killing for or dying over. And, government forces could get on with the business of really going after criminals who prey on the innocent.

    It’s a long short, but it might be worth a try. I am reminded of what George Carlin once said, “But we don’t have time for rational solutions!” He was so right.

    Clair Schwan of Libertarian-Logic.com

  5. LOUD elf on July 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    When was the last time something positive came out of Chicago?

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