State of the War on Drugs

Underground labs in China are devising potent new opiates faster than authorities can respond

Miller Atkinson, now a 24-year-old college student planning for law school in the fall, has been sober for nearly four years but became addicted to heroin for 9 months. “I fell in love with it. I think that’s just how it is with heroin,” he says.
CREDIT: Maddie McGarvey

The United States consumes 85% of all the world’s natural and synthetic opiates, which in 2015 factored in 33,091 U.S. deaths, up more than 4000 from the previous year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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