It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what’s going on here. Drugs are BIG money and D.C. politicians have been feeding from the drug trough for a very long time, both legal and other. So, when President Trump talks of building a wall to better secure the southern border where much of those illegal drugs are coming from, politicians start to get nervous. So nervous in fact, that a nation which spends upwards of $600 BILLION annually on substance abuse, claims $5 billion for a wall is just “too expensive.”
President Trump has made it clear with his two recent addresses on the crisis on the border and subsequent government shutdown that the crisis is about stopping illegal drugs from entering the country. These drugs are something that all Americans are impacted by regardless of their proximity to the southern border. The death toll of drug overdoses in the past ten years is equal to the population of Boston, Massachusetts, and substance abuse costs United States taxpayers upwards of $600 billion a year.
Much of that is spent on Democratic pet projects aimed at tackling this problem. Even if the president and his supporters also see another benefit of the wall, stemming the flow of illegal immigration, Democrats should still be supporting any proposal that provides an avenue to ending America’s drug crisis.
Democrats already support other means meant to deal with the growing opioid crisis by offering government-funded “free” needles and drug injection sites, “free” Narcan and overdose-related health care costs, and “free” rehabilitation and “free” methadone programs for recovering addicts.
There are approximately 185 Needle Exchange Programs operating in the United States. The ACLU estimates that the average city spends $160,000 of taxpayer money a year on each NEP, which amounts to almost $30 million a year. San Francisco, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s own district, has begun to open the country’s first “safe injection site,” where drug-users can mainline their drug of choice in a “safe, government-funded space” and where addicts won’t have to face fears of arrest.
According to the ONDCP, between 9.5 billion and 13.5 billion taxpayer dollars are spent on drug treatment and rehabs each year.
Taxpayers are also paying for Narcan, a drug distributed by paramedics in the event of an opioid overdose, which costs approximately $70 per dose. That does not cover the ambulance ride itself. Middletown, Ohio city councilman Dan Picard estimates that each ambulance run for an overdose costs the city $1,140.
One year of methadone costs $4,700 per patient, which brings the known costs of substance abuse to $600 billion annually and doesn’t measure the price communities face in crime, disease, local prevention programs, and tragic loss of life.
The opposition to a secure border makes no LOGICAL sense if one is to believe our elected officials intend to do what’s best for the country.
It makes perfect sense, though, if a more secure southern border minimizes what currently is a $600 billion dollar cash cow. That’s a whole lot of payola going around the halls of Congress, the kind of money they have little interest in seeing go away. Which means that if you don’t support President’s Trump’s push for improved border security, you also don’t support a safer America. No, you are actually supporting the perpetually trough-feeding hungry pigs of Washington D.C.
Ever wonder how it is a politician comes to D.C. often in debt only to be declared a multi-millionaire a few years later? It’s all laid out in the information above.
BUILD THE WALL AND CRIME WILL FALL.