Mexican drug cartels have never been richer, and we’ve never chased so many dragons

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2015 file photo, a farmer stands in his poppy field in the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains of Guerrero state, Mexico. Rural highways radiate out of mountain valleys toward the town of Iguala, funneling the opium through a key crossroad on the journey north to the United States. Nearly half of the heroin found in the United States now is produced in Mexico, according to the DEA's 2014 National Drug Threat Assessment. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

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Mexican drug cartel leaders would crush it getting an MBA.

Maybe not a funny joke because they are certainly killing almost everything except for school.

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In a summit to discuss opioids last Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey gave a troubling update on the efforts to prevent cartel efforts to introduce drugs in the U.S. He said Mexican cartels’ tactics to sell are more aggressive, the quality of the drugs is more potent than ever, and the price at an all time low.

CDC graphic of the opioid epidemic
CDC graphic of the opioid epidemic

It is a perfect storm of events. Comey said the solution to the increasing problem was unclear, “We cannot arrest our way out of this problem.”

DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg was also at the summit to speak on how opioid abuse is sweeping the nation, affecting everyone regardless of race, color, religion, or how suburban your neighborhood is.

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“Sometimes we use words like ‘epidemic’ or ‘unprecedented’ or ‘historic’ in ways that are not really accurate,” Rosenberg said. “This is unprecedented. This is an epidemic.”

Rosenberg further pointed out that 80 percent of heroin users’ addictions begin with prescription pills.

If nothing else, the whole opioid-to-heroin crisis is teaching us a ruthless lesson in supply and demand economics: doctors overly write people prescriptions; they run out of their painkillers, and can’t get anymore; they turn to heroin, and the cheap stuff is from Mexico, where the cartels use those funds to cultivate a culture of violence.

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