If you were to ask most people in the world today what is the greatest challenge we face, many would respond by saying ISIS.
However, there were 17,891 deaths due to terrorism worldwide in 2013. In the United States in 2013 there were 46,471 drug induced deaths and 183,000 deaths worldwide in 2012 and the numbers rising, not lowering.
Death by heroin has doubled between the years 2010 and 2012 and opiate deaths have quadrupled since 1991.
4 out of 5 people who start using heroin today began their opioid addiction on prescription opioids. Our perception of the heroin user is completely out of touch with reality. The typical heroin user is not the strung out homeless person or Hollywood star, heroin use reaches every strata of our society.
There are approximately 40 terrorist groups in the world today and approximately 20 fatal drugs. Allow me for a moment to contrast just one of these terrorist groups and one lethal drug. The similarities between the two are frightening.
ISIS clothes their victims in orange jump suits; Heroin clothes their victims in hopelessness and despair.
ISIS destroys nations one person at a time; Heroin destroys a nation’s greatest asset one life at a time.
ISIS is morally and ethically bankrupt; Heroin is morally and ethically corrupting.
ISIS destroys its victims with a sword; Heroin destroys it victims with a needle.
ISIS severs its victims head; Heroin severs its victims thinking.
ISIS promises excitement but leads to death; Heroin promises fun but leads to death.
ISIS models might equals power and control; Heroin models use equals powerlessness and no control.
ISIS is a religion of hate; Heroin is a religion of self-hatred;
ISIS means death to infidels; Heroin means death to the invincibles.
So, who really is the world’s greatest enemy? Most of our country believes we are at war with ISIS. Perhaps it’s time we declared war on drugs as well!