Lives ruined, Families and communities decimated by fentanyl
I lost my fiance when she overdosed on fentanyl during lockdowns, alone. She was 29.
In March 2020, AIER warned of a coming wave of drug overdoses, domestic abuse cases, and suicides based on existing empirical literature on unemployment and sudden financial crisis.
The biggest jump in overdose deaths took place in April and May 2020, when fear and stress were rampant, job losses were multiplying, and the strictest lockdown measures were in effect. For context, it’s important to understand that the vast majority of people who overdose don't intend to do so; it’s not about wanting to hurt oneself, it’s about wanting to not hurt, and the economic dislocation, fraying of social networks, and rise in mental health disorders like anxiety and depression — not to mention the fear stoked by the corporate media’s 24/7 hysteria machine — led many Americans to seek out poisonous ameliorators.
More than 1 million Americans have died from drug overdoses since 2001. And yet even so, beyond the numbing accountancy, the opioid epidemic has failed to impress itself onto America.
Sadly, addiction functions as an abortive attempted "shortcut" to finding a psychically comfortable, meaningful life. Addiction is in large part a spiritual dis-ease. It can be thought of as coincident with the human condition and centers upon our essential human quest for the answer to one of life's central questions: "On whom or what may I depend". Once upon a time, this normal dependency was filled by faith, family and a genuine community. Our culture, unfortunately, has excised these answers to our basic human need for belonging. Fentanyl - or other fast-acting mood-altering chemicals - instantly seem to be the answer to individuals who are spiritually bereft - who have no persons or institutions or God on whom they can depend, come what may. None of what I say here should be construed to excuse addicts from the consequences of their behavior. One of the many useful slogans in the recovery community when it comes to consequences: "There are no victims - only volunteers".
Also not understood is the fact that drugs like fentanyl change the very structure and function of those parts of the brain subserving judgment and decision making. A single use of such a chemical forever impairs the ability to stop craving further use. Many individuals are genetically predisposed to develop craving 'more'. Those individuals are highly likely to become addicts following very brief 'experimentation.' Compare: as children, we are told - "Don't touch the hot coal". We touch it anyway and are burned. Next time we see a hot coal, the first memory is of the pain, so we don't do it again. I used to give this example to addicts in detox and then ask someone in rehab for the 4th time to compare the hot coal to fentanyl. (S)he was once told, "Don't use drugs, they will hurt you.""You used them anyway and immediately felt the best you have ever felt in your entire life!". I then ask, "after you leave rehab and somebody offers you a hit, what is the first thing you are going to remember? Are you going to first remember how awful you are feeling now, in rehab, in withdrawal, with your life a mess? No! The very first thing you will remember will be the very first high you ever got (and never quite achieved again); you will not remember how awful you are feeling right now. This is not how a normal brain works. You are an addict; you have a dis-ease". This usually hit home.
As one cannot volitionally command one's next thought (this is a matter over which we are powerless), one may not exclude the desire to again use fentanyl popping up at any time. Behaviorists correctly understand that addicts must do a long series of volitional actions - like attending 12-step meetings and hanging out with clean/sober friends - and, over time, by changing one's actions, one's thoughts increasingly tend to eschew craving drug use. All this begins with the recognition of the fact that one has suffered defeat at the hands of fentanyl, so as to become willing to ask for help and follow suggestions. Such help is most effective when offered by fellow sufferers who have found a better path to their dependency on chemicals. Long story short, the dependency for fentanyl is replaced by the acceptance/love/belonging (fellowship, in other words, = spirituality) freely given by those who have been there. As one who has been there himself, (clean & sober 31+ years) and one who has worked in the field, I know of what I speak. Unfortunately, I have come to the conclusion that many addicts need a period of enforced safety, where it is physically impossible for them to use (but this is beyond the scope of my points here).
I frequently share with fellow addicts my theory of dependency. Every human being is born dependent on others, usually parents, for our very lives. Were we not fed, clothed, protected, sheltered by others, it is a fact that we would die. Any addict will tell you that when in withdrawal and craving, the fear of not getting a fix is equal to the fear of death ("If I don't get this hit I will die" - it is one of the big lies of addiction, but it is what is felt and believed in withdrawal - whether or not is is articulated). Thus, every one of us is in-formed by this universal experience of dependency; it is imprinted in us, though rarely articulated. The more deep the need we feel, the more out first unspoken model of dependency guides our actions. Many addicts instinctively understand this hypothesis and find it useful. Bottom line: "You can't think your way to sober living. You must live your way to sober thinking". This process takes some time - weeks to months to years; it requires both carrots and sticks. The dis-ease is rightfully said to be psycho-socio-spiritual. Each of these components needs to heal. As is often clear in these pages, the societal element is very sick and not heading in a salutary direction. (Sorry to be long; it is a complex and, as we see here, a lethal problem.
Yet another blatant attempt to depopulate the world?
The jump in 2020 clearly due to Covid lockdowns. The continuing rise likely due to open borders.
Lockdowns are over. Open border now more so - must be shut. Not likely to happen under this admin.
The main fentanyl factories are in the Wuhan, China, area. As the Mexican cartels are active participants in the "main-lining" of these poisons into America, you can be certain that nothing happens without the knowledge and complicity of our own Alphabet Boyz. It is what they do. It is how they fund themselves for "black" ops. This corruption and criminality is so woven into the fabric of this nation now, I seriously do not know how to cut out the cancer. Being ejected from Afghanistan must have put a real pinch on opium and heroin sales for our Boyz, so in steps fentanyl and its knock-offs! Just coincidental, I'm sure!
As to addiction issues, I have come to believe that all of it really is rooted in life trauma (usually dysfunctional families as we have today). Wounded people gravitate toward mood altering substances that enable them to hurt less and, for many, this leads to physical dependency that is difficult to overcome - especially, as the underlying trauma is seldom recognized or addressed. The socioeconomic system of pirate corporatism that we enjoy here in Amerika, Inc.,, is destructive to individuals, families, local communities and our individual and collective freedoms. It is destructive to the very soul of the individual and the nation. The insanity of unlimited resource-stripping growth and profit maximization (really a form of wealth aggregation - aka, looting - by the tiny elitest cabal that manages the planet), has given rise to an emerging technototalitarian (technoFASCIST) state that promises a future where one "will own nothing and be happy". It is worth noting that many millions of our fellow countrymen here in the "tarnished city on the hill" own nothing TODAY and they are NOT happy. A nation that does so little to support its disadvantaged, that monetizes even the air and water we breathe, that exports wars and weapons as its main products, that travels the globe bullying any and all who attempt to stand in its way is not sustainable. It is anti-Human and it will fail - sooner rather than later.
Apologies for the rant...
“There is no happy note to conclude this essay with except to love your family and friends…..”
Here’s an added happy note …..that you published this! Thank you. Your research is amazing, your analysis perfect.
Thank you for this, which is relevant to me coming from a small Appalachian town with much addiction. There are some mysteries I've found with fentanyl that led me to do this episode on Are Opioids the New Opium War? Here's the description:
I cite stories from Appalachia in which, prescribed for medical emergencies, withdrawal was worse than the crisis. I ask if pharma profits are just a side hustle with something more insidious going on. Joseph Mercola seems to think so in his article, Another Layer of Scandal in the Opioid Corruption. Robert Malone gives a snapshot of unprecedented overdose and suicide rates in the pre-pandemic decade. I voice suspicions about Fentanyl being more than just a street drug problem. And I end with a commenter named Gan talking about intoxicants and games being a way of quelling the masses, but that Rat Park shows we won't need them when there's meaning and community in our lives.
Sounds like asymmetrical warfare... and it plays into the 'reducing the surplus population', which I think we will both agree that the UN and WHO support on a 'theological' basis. It hits the population that the military needs and it destroys families and communities. It knows no economic or educational bounds. Sadly, 'treatment' is a money maker, as you have shown. If I sound jaded, it is not without cause. I have seen what opioid addiction did to the children of people I know, some got clean, some are in jail and some have died. Many states have legalized 'pot', so they could tax it, no doubt... but not federally, which comes with traps therefore of its own. I am concerned for those I am aware of still may smoke it, and have warned them. No one ever thinks it can happen to them, or their loved ones.
This will sound cynical however the government is promoting expanded drug abuse among the general population.
Just one example is the state supported marijuana point of sale stores in democrat states. Not just for the leaf smoking but all manner of concentrated THC products. This plus the Pharma industry pushing a pill for every complaint, lack of focus, inability to sleep, I’m depressed, lipids are too high, etc.
Even though most of these complaints are not successfully treated by the pills handed out.
This government support of pill pushing corrupts the culture of society.
It might be our problem but our elected leader does not actually care plus the government and medical industry profit from this cultural plague.
And I have not even mentioned the disaster created by the food and grain industry creating high carb addictive fake foods that cause millions to become malnourished. (Energy drinks for example)
Follow the science? Even if they are leading us to hell?
Now I need another cup of coffee and a piece of nicoret gum, and maybe some keto-ester suplement, and ...
A few comments. A term often heard is addictive personality. Based on a close relative's unfortunate addiction to alcohol, I have come to believe it is more a matter of addictive physiology. Persons so inclined, when they trigger that addiction tendency create a urge that has to be fed. Something as mundane as smoking may even be such a trigger. If this hypothesis is true, perhaps more time ought to be spent on trying to invent harmless but effective substitutes to appease these addictive physiologies.
Correct, Thanks to Joe Biden’s open borders policies, fentanyl deaths are surging...
The British started both Hong Kong and the drug trade and went into Afghanistan in the 19th century for the opium.
For the links between the opioid/opium wars follow the money and the historical facts.
China has now taken both over and a good percentage of the drug business.
There are many arms to the large worldwide drug business's spider web.
Here is the rest of the story: The link is between the opioid/opium epidemic and the fact that their origins lie with the Dutch and British East India Companies. The modern origins of the narcotics traffic started with the British Opium Wars of the 1840s.
The same families are running the show today. They have been doing this for 250 years.
American drug enforcement authorities know that most of the dirty money arising from the U.S. drug trade and related illegal activities ends up in the Bahamas. Much of the heroin entering North America comes through Canada and our Southern border. This is the estimate of authoritative law enforcement sources. According to high-level Canadian intelligence sources, large quantities of heroin/ fentanyl that reach North America are flown in through Canadian Pacific Air.
Canada's Official Secrets Act, modeled on Great Britain's own 1911 Official Secrets Act ... prevents any publication or public discussion of what the government - that is, the British-appointed Governor-General - chooses to regard as a state secret.
The Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement organizations know how the cycle of dirty money in the United States works. The $600 billion retail proceeds of the total drug/fentanyl traffic in the United States are partly recycled into the drug operation in the United States itself, with large "offtake" by each level of the crime machine. The net profits, in cash, are laundered through hotels, restaurants, gambling casinos, and sports events-the "corporate profile" of the Max Jacobs family and other field officers of the drug machine.
The law enforcement official confronts today two major obstacles in going after the narcotics trade. The first is the extraordinary degree of "inside" protection enjoyed by Dope, Inc. within the national intelligence establishment.
American drug enforcement authorities know that most of the dirty money arising from the U.S. drug trade and related illegal activities ends up in the Bahamas.
The problem for the law enforcement investigator confronts him because of his habit of working his way up, from the street level to the large-scale suppliers and then toward the real financial and political power of the international narcotics cartel. He confronts what the intelligence trade calls "cutouts"-layers of operatives who are political camouflage for their masters-on a scale that becomes more dense and complex as he goes up, if they reach far enough up through the "cutout" layers to hit at the top. Their efforts will be rewarded by drawing out into public confrontation the layers of direct British intelligence control.
The paradigm for this network is the London Committee, or British-based directors, of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank(HKSB), the central bank for Dope, Incorporated.
This network comprises approximately 40 key commercial banks, and 20 investment banks, including English Queen Elizabeth II's personal bank, Coutts, which is an estimable force in the Channel Islands, as well as the Bahamas and Cayman Islands. The Anglo-Dutch-Swiss financier oligarchy, and their satraps in the British Commonwealth, which total nexus we will call the "extended British Commonwealth empire apparatus," not only runs this criminal money laundering today, but has run it for two centuries, going back to the British Opium Wars against China and before.
This command structure contains the following main groups:* The British combination that controls offshore banking and precious metals trading, i.e., the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, the Oppenheimer gold interests, top British financial institutions such as Eagle Star Insurance and Barclay's Bank, and their Canadian cousins such as Bank of Montreal and Bank of Nova Scotia;*
The major Swiss banks;* The continuity of Venetian-Genoese financial manipulations in the personage of the late Roberto Calvi of Banco Ambrosiano, and the shadowy Edmund Safra of American Express;*
The combined offspring of the Swiss bankers and the old European fondi, the international grain cartel of Cargill, Continental (Fribourg family), Bunge, and Louis Dreyfus;*
The Boston Brahmin families and the big American financial institutions associated with Henry Kissinger, including Citibank, Chase Manhattan Bank, and American Express.
See:- Rabbit hole: Globalist establishment link to the opium trade.
My neighbor is a coroner￼ who was opposed to the second round of stimulus money primarily because he was seeing a surge in deaths from drugs and alcohol. He’s likely not alone, but it’s clear to me that with time and money to burn the lockdowns contributed just as it seems to have with the homeless population. It seems absurd on some level, but perhaps work for welfare is one way to cut down.
Thanks for the eye opening review of the government's lack of cohesiveness. The issue of addiction is so multi-faceted and complicated. How we feel about ourselves and see ourselves is surely at the bottom of this problem. This won't be healed anytime soon, so addressing fentanyl is a necessity now. One step to a century's long problem. When I was a kid I used to spin fast and then lay down facing my school. It appeared that the building was falling. Altering my consciousness was natural and fun. The use of heroin, and other hard drugs isn't!
My neighbor’s son died recently from a drug OD. The kid across the street died a few years ago from a drug-induced freak accident. Does anyone care? I sure do. They were not teenagers.
One more thought. Is the Drug Cartels funnelling money through third parties to the far left politicians to keep the Mexican/US border a free for all?
I truly believe everyone on this substack has had a family member, a friend or knows someone who is addicted to opioids .
I was in a car wreck 3 years ago and have been going to a pain Dr for help. So I have had cortisone shots, and ablations. With my first ablation they sedated me and I was sick with nausea all day. I told the dr and he said “Oh it was probably the fentanyl . I said don’t give that to me next time. He did not and I didn’t get sick. He keeps trying to get me to take something for the pain. Your non narcotics. I look up the side effects and they are addictive as well. So I tell him no.
My sister and daughter in law were both addicted to opioids from surgery. It killed my sister and my daughter in law lays in bed not able to function.
I have a granddaughter in prison because of drug related problems. She is adopted and suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome and RADS. I don’t think she will ever get out.
It is such a bad epidemic.. Love your family and hold them close.