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As the heroin problem worsens, and national attention has been drawn to the disease of addiction and opiate abuse, the federal government is focusing their attention on the heroin trade.

Shift in Focus

William Brownfield, the assistant secretary of State for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, recently reported the need for this shift in focus to a Senate hearing on foreign relations. He highlighted Mexico as a critical hub for the heroin trade in the United States, providing evidence that showed a staggering 90% of heroin in America originated there. In addition to heroin, he reported that much of the fentanyl that is exacerbating the problem is moving in from Mexico as well, after being produced in Chinese pharmaceutical companies.

A Possible Solution

Brownfield cited corruption in both the Mexican and United States governments as a contributing factor to the success of the heroin trade, despite the benefits of cooperation between the two countries. Brownfield proposed destruction of massive areas of Mexican land used for heroin production as a possible countermeasure. While no approach is likely to “solve” the problem of the heroin trade, this would certainly be a positive step in the right direction.

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