It’s been all over the news, up here; various Canadian mayors (Toronto, Ottawa, and other important Canadian cities) are talking about an ‘opioid epidemic’ in their cities; and I saw that recently, Stateside, Chelsea Clinton gave a speech on the subject (preparing for a future role in politics, perhaps?).
The big concern is ostensibly about ‘fake’ versions of fentanyl on the streets; some accounts say that carfentanil, a drug used to sedate elephants, is being passed off as fentanyl, but it’s 10000 times as strong, or something such. Other reports mention other things passed off as fentanyl.
I have to ask, why now?
I mean, OxyContin abuse has been a big enough social problem in many places for well over a decade, but all of a sudden The Powers That Be are now concerned about opiate abuse?
What, because a few idiot teenagers win some Darwin Awards, offing themselves by their stupidity?
Why the hell should we care?
Oh, I know: money: I heard that one Canadian city plans to spend some $2.5M fighting the scourge; more education programs, Naloxone kits for cops and firefighters to have on hand, etc.
So that’s all it is, isn’t it?
Big Government, wanting more tax dollars to spend on bigger government, education, law enforcement, etc.
In cahoots with Big Pharma, producing and selling a drug to counter other drugs that they also sell. Convenient!
As well as a big new social crusade to fire up progs, motivate them again to dream big government dreams.
Funny how The Hive always moves together at the same time, after years of inaction…
*Update: Amicus reminds me, in his comment, about the other ostensible issue, fentanyl being passed off as other drugs. My main point still stands; if you’re stupid enough to abuse opiates / opioids / whatever they’re calling them now, and you die, your own damn fault, and it’s only a handful of people offing themselves in this manner, it’s hardly an epidemic. Typical politician / media overreacting, pushing some agenda…