The drug warriors want more people on heroin. I'm totally not kidding.
Right now, scientific research has shown that there is a certain population of US citizens who want prescriptions for narcotic pain killers. This population claims to need pain management, that they are in pain; their doctors apparently agree since prescriptions are being issued.
But the government has been clamping down increasingly on painkiller prescriptions. The mainstream media has gleefully co-operated; trumpeting a "plague of painkiller addiction" as a scourge that must be stopped, despite the collateral damage. Doctors who prescribe pain medication on any ongoing basis - such as for migraine or cluster headaches - are demonized and harassed.
But the numbers also clearly show that when suffering people become unable to get their painkillers legally, they often turn to heroin. By removing a patient's ability to safely and legally obtain effective pain management, the government drug warriors are knowingly empowering heroin traffickers and knowingly increasing the number of Americans involved with dangerously powerful unregulated drugs.
We know that we are driving people into heroin abuse and enriching heroin dealers by interfering with physicians' ability to provide patients with pain medication. We know this. It's absolutely scientifically irrefutable; the research shows a clear causal connection.
The USA's drug warriors are the equivalent of tire salesmen scattering nails on the highway.