Saturday, November 19, 2016




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Recognizing the role of poverty, 

unemployment and other life stresses as 

contributing factors to addiction, the surgeon 

general’s report recommends initiatives to 

provide affordable housing, job training and 

recovery support to “address the risk and 

protective factors that are most actionable at 

the local level.”







"The same period has seen a massive growth of social inequality, with income and wealth concentrated at the very top of American society to an extent not seen since the 1920s."

"He (Trump) is able to get a hearing because millions of people are being driven into economic insecurity and poverty while the rich and the super-rich continue to amass obscene levels of wealth. He is able with some success to divert mass discontent along reactionary nationalist and racialist channels precisely because what passes for the “left” in American politics, anchor by the Democratic Party, has moved ever further to the right, culminating in the Obama administration which has presided over endless war and an unprecedented redistribution of wealth from the bottom to the top of the economic ladder."


JW Reveals Shocking Details About Mexican Heroin Cartels
Our porous border brings other threats to our health and safety, as Chris Farrell, our Director of Investigations & Research, explains in this piece published by Fox News.
Mexican drug cartels are the “other” terrorist threat to America. Militant Islamists have the goal of destroying the United States. Mexican drug cartels are now accomplishing that mission – from within, every day, in virtually every community across this country.
ISIS only dreams of exacting the human casualties the Mexican cartels achieve, despite decades of the “War on Drugs.” The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) estimates heroin-related overdose deaths increased 244 percent between 2007 and 2013. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimated nearly 1,000,000 American heroin users in 2014.
The DEA’s 2015 threat assessment says Mexican drug cartels “remain the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States; no other group can challenge them in the near term.”  Mexican drug cartels are engaged in an insidious and deadly attack on our country – right now.
The Commonwealth of Virginia declared a public health emergency on November 21, 2016, over the growing crisis of heroin and opioid addiction.
There has been an exponential increase and simultaneous shift, from prescription opioids to heroin (sometimes mixed with the synthetic narcotic fentanyl). For the Mexican drug cartels, the border is in Virginia, Ohio, New Hampshire, and all other communities across the country.
The American heroin market begins in the poppy fields of Mexico. Controlled by the cartels, and more recently assisted by Southwest Asians who provide agricultural production techniques (increasing both quantity and quality) – and combat training for the cartel armies (learned by fighting US forces).
The cartel armies are increasingly dangerous and more sophisticated.  In May 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported foreign fighters training the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in how to shoot down Mexican Army helicopters. It’s “win-win” for the Mexican cartels and the jihadis.
Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon) and the rural southwest corner of Chihuahua are the Sinaloa Cartel’s base for poppy production. Reportedly, the same area has the largest concentration of Islamists in Mexico – surpassed, perhaps, only by Mexico City.
None of this information is “news” to U.S. law enforcement, intelligence, defense or diplomatic officials.  The staff of the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) literally watches it all go on – right under their noses.
How can this be? Here is the unpopular answer: We have an “insider threat” – corrupt law enforcement officers at the municipal, state and federal levels – who are bought and paid for by the Mexican cartels.
The corruption runs the gamut from turning a blind eye to accepting monthly stipends and performance bonuses deposited in banks in, for example, Ciudad Ju├írez. The corrupt law enforcement officers are aided and abetted by corrupt elected officials and crooked lawyers who know how to work the system. These are often popular local and regional public figures with business interests and standing in the community. They are also people who leverage their positions in order to “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity” when it comes to enforcement.
The corrupting process is facilitated in the United States by “legitimate” cartel fronts, in the agribusiness and transportation industries, among others.  No one likes that answer, but it’s the truth.
How else can tractor-trailer loads of heroin make it into the country? How has such an elaborate and efficient distribution system spread throughout the country and perpetuated itself for decades? One knowledgeable law enforcement source gave me an example:
“Does Walmart ever run out of milk? No. That’s exactly what the cartel distribution system is like across the entire country. It only works so efficiently because of corruption.”
The greatest criminal threat to the daily lives of American citizens are the Mexican drug cartels. Their corrosive power is killing Americans regardless of race, color, creed or zip code – and that undermines public confidence in the rule of law. The cartels corrupt our trusted public officials and institutions.  Their violence and cruelty know no bounds.
What will President Trump and Attorney General Sessions do differently to defeat this “other” threat to the United States?
They need to start by “cleaning house” at the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security.
When someone self-righteously defends wide open borders, show him this article. I encourage you, as well. Watch Chris here as he discusses this most serious of issues.




The same period has seen a massive growth of social inequality, with income and wealth concentrated at the very top of American society to an extent not seen since the 1920s.

“This study follows reports released over the past several months 

documenting rising mortality rates among US workers due to drug 

addiction and suicide, high rates of infant mortality, an overall 

leveling off of life expectancy, and a growing gap between the life 

expectancy of the bottom rung of income earners compared to 

those at the top.”





Mexican Cartels Coaching Illegal Immigrants to Request Asylum, Say Agents



The new orders by the Obama Administration to release Haitians caught at the border will only exacerbate the current situation since Mexican cartels are now coaching illegal aliens on how to game the U.S. immigration system, Border Patrol agents said.

As Breitbart Texas reported, the current administration is moving to release hundreds of Haitians being held in detention centers in Arizona and California. The result of that release will be a new marketing tool for Mexican cartels and human smuggling organizations, said Hector Garza, National Border Patrol Council Local 2455 President during an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas.
“They are being told that all they have to do is request asylum and claim to be in fear and they will be released,” said Garza who is a U.S. Border Patrol agent but is able to talk to the media in his capacity as local union president.
In the case of Haitians, Breitbart Texas has reported on how they arrive to Mexico claiming to be African to receive a 20-day permit to pass through the country northward. With that permit, they have been arriving at U.S. international bridges requesting asylum.
The move continues to overwhelm U.S. authorities as the number of asylum seekers continues to rise, adding more work to the already overwhelmed agents who, according to NBPC officials, lack manpower, equipment, and help from Washington. 
“On one hand you have the asylum seekers, but then on the other you have the people (other illegal immigrants) who come across the river and try to get around us,” Garza said. “If we do apprehend them, the first thing they do is claim asylum because they have been told that they will be released.”
Since federal authorities have run out of space in detention facilities, they have been releasing asylum seekers and illegal immigrants with a court notice telling them to appear at a later date.
“This is an orchestrated strategy by the cartels and the human smuggling organizations where they are coaching these individuals,” he said. “The recent moves by the administration will only serve as bait to draw more individuals to risk their lives at the hands of these ruthless criminal organizations.”
Ildefonso Ortiz is an award winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project and you can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

Surgeon general’s report: One in seven Americans face substance addiction

By Kate Randall 
19 November 2016
One in seven Americans will become addicted to drugs or 

alcohol in their lifetimes, but only 10 percent of those affected

will ever receive any help in treating their addictions. These 

are some of the grim statistics provided in a new report 

released Thursday by the US surgeon general and the 

Department of Health and Human Services.
“Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health” reports that over 27 million people in the United States reported current use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs in 2015, and over 66 million people reported binge drinking in the past month.
The victims of this health and societal crisis are the tens of thousands of lives lost and ruined each year due to substance misuse. Substance addiction cuts across all segments of society, but has hit rural communities, the deindustrialized Rust Belt and impoverished areas of Appalachia particularly hard.
Alcohol misuse contributes to 88,000 deaths in the US every year; 1 in 10 deaths among working adults is due to alcohol misuse. In 2014, there were 47,055 drug overdose deaths, including 28,647 people who died from a drug overdose involving some type of opioid, more than in any previous year on record.
The report uses the term “misuse” as opposed to “abuse” in an effort to remove some of the stigma of addiction to encourage and facilitate treatment.
While the US spends more than any other country on health care, it ranks 27th in life expectancy, at a time when life expectancy continues to increase in other developed countries. The report notes that this disparity in life expectancy “is largely due to substance misuse and associated physical and mental health problems.”
The report points to recent research showing an unprecedented increase in mortality among middle-aged white Americans between 1999 and 2014 that was largely driven by alcohol and drug misuse and suicides, although this trend was not witnessed in other racial and ethnic populations.
The surgeon general estimates that substance 

misuse disorders cost “more than $400 

billion annually in crime, health and lost 

productivity.” The human costs are 

from motor vehicle crashes, intimate partner

and sexual violence, suicide attempts and

fatalities, overdoses, and numerous health 

In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the US while driving under the influence of alcohol, accounting for nearly one third of all traffic-related fatalities. While there are approximately 1.3 million arrests for driving under the influence each year, this number represents only about 1 percent of the actual alcohol-impaired driving incidents reported in national surveys.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports more than 2,200 alcohol overdose (alcohol poisoning) deaths in the US each year, an average of six a day. More than three quarters of alcohol overdose deaths occur among adults between the ages of 35 and 64, and 76 percent who die are men.
In 2014, 47,055 drug overdose deaths occurred in the US, with 61 percent of these the result of opioid use, including prescription opioids and heroin. The number of people dying from opioid overdoses increased nearly fourfold between 1999 and 2014.
The report notes that the over-prescription of opioid pain relievers beginning in the 1990s has led to a rapid escalation of their use and misuse among a wide demographic of men and women across the US. The use of opioids is so widespread that more people use prescription opioids (38 percent) than all tobacco products combined (31 percent).
Nearly 30,000 people died due to a heroin or prescription 

opioid overdose in 2014, and an estimated 20,000 died as a 

result of an unintentional overdose of alcohol, cocaine, or 

non-opioid prescription drugs.
The illegal manufacturing and distribution of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, which are often combined with heroin or distributed as heroin, are contributing to the rapid increase in opioid overdose deaths.
Alcohol and drug misuse have numerous longer-term effects on physical and mental health. Heavy drinking can lead to hypertension, liver disease and certain cancers; regular marijuana use is associated with chronic bronchitis; and use of stimulants such as cocaine can lead to heart disease.
Alcohol and substance misuse during pregnancy can result in long lasting health effects for the baby. Alcohol misuse can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), resulting in physical, mental and behavioral problems in children. It is estimated that FASDs affect as many as 2 to 5 percent of the population. The opioid crisis has resulted in a fivefold increase in the number of babies dependent on opioids at birth.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that among the more than 265 million Americans aged 12 and over in 2015, almost 8 percent of this population met diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder for alcohol or illicit drugs. Another 1 percent met the criteria for both an alcohol and illicit drug use disorder.
Although 20.8 million people met the diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder in 2015, only 2.2 million of them received any type of treatment. The surgeon general’s report is short on answers as to why this is the case.
The report includes a chapter on “The Neurobiology of Substance Use, Misuse, and Addiction,” which describes the three main circuits in the brain involved in addiction, and explains how substance use can “hijack” the normal functioning of these circuits.
“Understanding this transformation in the brain is critical to understanding why addiction is a health condition, not a moral failing or character flaw,” the authors note. They also point to medications that have proven useful in treating both drug and alcohol addiction, but which have been often overlooked and under-prescribed.
The surgeon general’s report recommends health professionals act on this research in their treatment of those suffering from addiction. However, the fact that 90 percent of those in need of treatment never receive it—and addiction and overdose deaths continue to skyrocket—points to deeper economic and social factors. This includes the lack of funding for alcohol and drug misuse treatment at federal, state and local level, leading to those in need often ending up in the prison system instead of in treatment.

Recognizing the role of poverty, unemployment and 

other life stresses as contributing factors to 

addiction, the surgeon general’s report 

recommends initiatives to provide affordable 

housing, job training and recovery support to 

“address the risk and protective factors that are 

most actionable at the local level.”

Arguing that “the health care system alone cannot address all of the major determinants of health related to substance misuse,” the authors recommend rallying “community-based organizations, religious institutions, law enforcement, local businesses, researchers and other public, private, and voluntary entities” to tackle the crisis.
Under conditions where austerity and budget cuts can only be expected to deepen under the future Trump administration, such band-aid prescriptions offer little hope to the tens of millions suffering from addiction, many of whom face a future of increased health problems, overdose and death.

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