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'Pawn Stars' TV star Rick Harrison's son Adam dies at 39 of a suspected drug overdose
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January 23, 2024 4:50 am
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Gang,

This is tragic, of course. That should go without saying.

But, you progressives possibly don't know that, among the consequences of "that feckless dementia-ridden piece of crap's" open border policy, is the free flow of fentanyl across the border. More than 112,000 Americans died from fentanyl poisoning in 023, an increase of about 50% in one EFFINyear from 022.

Interestingly, when I decided to post this news item, I looked for a progressive media source.

Warnt none. Nuthin even close to Curt's Holy Trinity.

You woke, white electric limousine lovin progressive Swampcult Dems? Get it. You're being poorly served by your version of the SwampMedia.

You wanna know why the Flatulent Fool's tanking in the polls? This is a huuuuuuuuuge part of why moderate and independent voters are ditching Joe?

Here's why, in large a large part. The Former Truck Driver's open border is a problem for every American.


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  1. by oldedude on January 23, 2024 5:18 am
    AND Rick is directly blaming the open border for the son's death. And of course, he blames pedojoe.

    The chickens are coming to roost!
    pennlive.com


  2. by HatetheSwamp on January 23, 2024 5:58 am

    OD,

    Your article is from what used to be the Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) newspaper, which has always been lib, though not po lib... and Dem, though not Curt Dem.

    It illustrates that the open border is now a national issue.


  3. by Ponderer on January 23, 2024 6:53 am

    Fentanyl deaths have been rising since 2012. And in fact, the number of deaths spiked appreciably once Trump was in office and kept increasing at a greater rate than in any other years before throughout his entire term in office. Nothing Trump did was stopping it in any way or even slowing it down. And it

    2012: 2,628
    2013: 3,105
    2014: 5,544
    2015: 9,580
    2016: 19,413
    2017: 28,466
    2018: 31,335
    2019: 36,359
    2020: 56,516
    2021: 70,601
    2022: 73,654 (A notable slow down in the rate of increase)

    Fentanyl has been an ongoing systemic problem for quite some time now, mainly spurred by the sharp decreases in the prescribing of opioids during this time. As the legal and not-so-legal sources for opioids dried up, the market for cheap attainable alternatives skyrocketed. And once people got hooked, they stayed hooked and their numbers grew along with the eventual overdose deaths that eventually resulted.

    Yes, it is still getting worse on a logarithmic increase every year (except for last year) and a lot more needs to be done at the border where most of it is entering the country to arrest this and a host of other problems there.

    The border and immigration been my main criticisms and disappointment with Biden's administration. He's done nothing to crow about with regard to the border. If I had to grade him on his approach to the border, The most generous grade I could possibly him would be a D-minus, and admittedly that may be too generous. But this Fentanyl problem certainly didn't start with Biden kicking Trump's ass at the polls.


    And I know that you can't blame smuggled Mexican Fentanyl for the hundreds of thousands of avoidable deaths from Covid-19 because of Trump's disastrous responses to it. But I think they deserve to be included in the total death toll of Trump's incompetency of leadership if you're keeping any general score with Biden on the number of deaths they have caused.

    usafacts.org
    en.wikipedia.org


  4. by Ponderer on January 23, 2024 6:53 am

    And I suppose that this is something to take into consideration when you dolts are screaming about the hoards of illegal immigrants pouring over the "open" border with backpacks full of Fentanyl...


    Fentanyl Is Smuggled for U.S. Citizens By U.S. Citizens, Not Asylum Seekers

    Fentanyl overdoses tragically caused tens of thousands of preventable deaths last year. Many politicians who want to end U.S. asylum law claim that immigrants crossing the border illegally are responsible. An NPR‐​Ipsos poll last week found that 39 percent of Americans and 60 percent of Republicans believe, “Most of the fentanyl entering the U.S. is smuggled in by unauthorized migrants crossing the border illegally.” A more accurate summary is that fentanyl is overwhelmingly smuggled by U.S. citizens almost entirely for U.S. citizen consumers.

    Here are facts:

    • Fentanyl smuggling is ultimately funded by U.S. consumers who pay for illicit opioids: nearly 99 percent of whom are U.S. citizens.

    • In 2021, U.S. citizens were 86.3 percent of convicted fentanyl drug traffickers—ten times greater than convictions of illegal immigrants for the same offense.

    • Over 90 percent of fentanyl seizures occur at legal crossing points or interior vehicle checkpoints, not on illegal migration routes, so U.S. citizens (who are subject to less scrutiny) when crossing legally are the best smugglers.

    • The location of smuggling makes sense because hard drugs at ports of entry are about 97 percent less likely to be stopped than are people crossing illegally between them.

    • Just 0.02 percent of the people arrested by Border Patrol for crossing illegally possessed any fentanyl whatsoever.

    • The government exacerbated the problem by banning most legal cross border traffic in 2020 and 2021, accelerating a switch to fentanyl (the easiest‐​to‐​conceal drug).

    During the travel restrictions, fentanyl seizures at ports quadrupled from fiscal year 2019 to 2021. Fentanyl went from a third of combined heroin and fentanyl seizures to over 90 percent.

    Annual deaths from fentanyl nearly doubled from 2019 to 2021 after the government banned most travel (and asylum).

    It is monstrous that tens of thousands of people are dying unnecessarily every year from fentanyl. But banning asylum and limiting travel backfired. Reducing deaths requires figuring out the cause, not jumping to blame a group that is not responsible. Instead of attacking immigrants, policymakers should focus on effective solutions that help people at risk of a fentanyl overdose.


  5. by Ponderer on January 23, 2024 6:53 am

    Link for previous article...

    cato.org


  6. by Ponderer on January 23, 2024 6:58 am

    I think this is my favorite stat from the previous article I posted on...

    "Just 0.02 percent of the people arrested by Border Patrol for crossing illegally possessed any fentanyl whatsoever."


  7. by HatetheSwamp on January 23, 2024 7:05 am

    po:

    Re: "And I know that you can't blame smuggled Mexican Fentanyl for the hundreds of thousands of avoidable deaths from Covid-19 because of Trump's disastrous responses to it."

    List, say, the three most egregious.

    No one on SS was more critical of Trump's leadership during Covid than ol pb but, to blame Trump for the many deaths? I don't think so... and, those low information voters your hun mentioned from time to time... don't either.

    But, please, make your case.

    And,... you do understand that "that feckless dementia-ridden piece of crap" is under attack, generally, from moderate and independent voters, for many ills connected to the open border, the increase in fentanyl deaths included. Right?


  8. by oldedude on January 23, 2024 7:35 am
    "Just 0.02 percent of the people arrested by Border Patrol for crossing illegally possessed any fentanyl whatsoever."

    1. First, it doesn't take much to kill people.

    42% of pills tested for fentanyl contained at least 2 mg of fentanyl, considered a potentially lethal dose.
    Drug trafficking organizations typically distribute fentanyl by the kilogram. One kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people.

    As of October 3, 2023, Law enforcement agencies have so far seized over 55 million pills of fentanyl this year and more than 9,000 pounds of powder containing the deadly drug, Attorney General Merrick Garland told dozens of families whose loved ones died after ingesting fentanyl. And the Drug Enforcement Administration is on pace to seize more fentanyl in 2023 than in any previous year, a yield that continues to grow annually, according to DEA Administrator Ann Milgram.

    2.Second, you're not including the "gotaways," or those people not contacted by USBP.

    The unauthorized immigrant population in the United States reached 10.5 million in 2021, according to new Pew Research Center estimates. That was a modest increase over 2019 but nearly identical to 2017.

    A line chart showing that the number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. remained mostly stable from 2017 to 2021.

    dea.gov
    cbsnews.com
    pewresearch.org


  9. by Ponderer on January 23, 2024 8:14 am

    "Just 0.02 percent of the people arrested by Border Patrol for crossing illegally possessed any fentanyl whatsoever."

    "1. First, it doesn't take much to kill people.

    42% of pills tested for fentanyl contained [blah blah blah blah blah]
    -olde dude

    Please look up the meaning of the words any and whatsoever.


    "2.Second, you're not including the "gotaways," or those people not contacted by USBP." -olde dude

    I'm not...? Okay fine. So if the percentage of people detained at the border who have any Fentanyl whatsoever on them is .02% of the total of people detained, what are you estimating is the supposedly greater percentage of people who weren't caught at the border who had any Fentanyl on them whatsoever? It stands to reason, od, that the percentage of people who evade capture have pretty much the same amount of Fentanyl on them as those who get caught. Many more evade capture than are captured, but they are still not the lion's share of the problem.

    The fact remains that 90% of the illegal fentanyl coming into the country comes through legal border crossings. The "illegals" bringing it in are certainly part of the problem, but not the main problem here by a long shot. But they are a prime tool for MAGA Hat propagandistic purposes.




    Simply stated, even though the numbers are perceptively increasing, unauthorized immigrants bringing Fentanyl into this country is still but a small percentage of how it gets in here. Yet it's the near totality of MAGA Hat Republicans' focus on the problem.




    Republicans are absolutely terrible at pointing out the real sources of problems because they always let their political biases and sociopathic prejudices run wild with their willfully ignorant and ramshackle excuse for "logic".



  10. by oldedude on January 23, 2024 9:32 am
    Simply stated, even though the numbers are perceptively increasing, unauthorized immigrants bringing Fentanyl into this country is still but a small percentage of how it gets in here. Yet it's the near totality of MAGA Hat Republicans' focus on the problem.

    So please enlighten us, State where the problem is, and how to fix it.


  11. by Curt_Anderson on January 23, 2024 10:26 am
    Even before the Cato Institute information that Ponderer provided stating that it’s largely Americans who are smuggling fentanyl and through legal points of entry and it’s not the asylum seekers and immigrants who have traversed thousands of dangerous miles to find a better life, I have little sympathy for those who are addicted and illegally using fentanyl.

    Whatever happened to Republicans who followed Nancy Reagan’s dictum of “just say no”? Where are the Republicans of personal responsibility? I don’t know who Adam Harrison is, but I assume because of his family’s television show he was not poor. He had access to the publicly available information about the dangers of fentanyl. I don’t feel the least bit sorry for him, and I certainly don’t blame immigrants who only want be here to work and strive for the American dream for their children.


  12. by HatetheSwamp on January 23, 2024 10:43 am

    Whatever happened to Republicans who followed Nancy Reagan’s victim of “just say no”? Where are the Republicans of personal responsibility?

    C'mon man. Gimme a break!!!!! That party began to fade away when Reagan retired to the Ranch. Do you really think that the party that is canonizing Trump in 024 is the party of "personal responsibility?" Sheeeeeeeeeeeesh, Curt.

    The GOP these days is the home of openness and inclusion, acceptance, diversity, tolerance and.... EFFINfreedom. Personal responsibility ain't on the list.

    Curt. M'man! Ronald Reagan is dead.


  13. by Ponderer on January 23, 2024 1:21 pm

    "Where are the Republicans of personal responsibility?" -Curt

    That's the heart of the issue you were getting at, Curt. Unfortunately, you preceded it with a question that they could use to obfuscate your point by going off on one of their asinine tangents. Personal responsibility is one of those things that they reserve their opinion on until they know whose personal responsibility is the subject of discussion. Their opinions about it can vary quite dramatically and hypocritically depending on that.



    And by the way. I would just like to take this opportunity to make the point that I do in fact have a tremendous sense of humor.

    As Exhibit-A, I present my recognition that quite possibly the funniest joke ever uttered in the history of comedy has got to be, far and away, hands down, the sentence "The GOP these days is the home of openness and inclusion, acceptance, diversity, tolerance and.... EFFINfreedom."

    I do not believe it possible that a funnier and more hysterically absurdist wisecrack could ever be constructed in a hundred years by all the Kings of Comedy combined.



  14. by oldedude on January 23, 2024 2:02 pm
    So what I'm getting is the left doesn't give a shit about these people. I'll agree with po. It IS mostly coming through "legal" ports of entry. Shipping lanes for ocean commerce, etc. The same place most of the human/sex/terrorist trafficking is coming through. That doesn't make it any different whatsoever. Since we've taxed the illegal crossing areas so much, there's nothing left to do their actual job.

    Curt has always been on the "just say no" stupidity. And of course all the sheep that don't think it's a big deal are either too stupid to understand what's going on in their neighborhoods, or these limousine liberals are living in a world where this doesn't "exist." Which is also a stupid notion.

    I'm also perplexed🤔. It seems the deaths of people from drug overdoses mean nothing to po. And the deaths in the hands of Israelis are worth the eradication of Israel and Jews all over the world.


  15. by HatetheSwamp on January 23, 2024 2:18 pm

    It seems the deaths of people from drug overdoses mean nothing to po. And the deaths in the hands of Israelis are worth the eradication of Israel and Jews all over the world.

    It's called EFFIN po-justice.


  16. by Indy! on January 23, 2024 2:35 pm

    Too bad about Harrison's son - I do feel sorry for him and his family because what he had was an illness. And in the end it was the illness that killed him - not the fentanyl or the problems at the border. Drug criminalization simply does not work - in fact it makes the problem far worse. We know this from history and from the way other (civilized) countries handle their drug issues. Rick Harrison may be a star in the pawn/tv world - but he doesn't know jack about reducing drug use.


  17. by Ponderer on January 23, 2024 3:01 pm

    "It seems the deaths of people from drug overdoses mean nothing to po." -olde dude

    Of course I care. One of my best friends died of a drug overdose. So you can go totally fuckyourself olde dude. Seriously: Fuck You.

    JesusFuckingChrist, you assholes sink to the absurdest depths of hateful nonsense when you haven't got any legitimate arguments to debate with. You're justfucking retards.



  18. by HatetheSwamp on January 23, 2024 3:02 pm

    With fentanyl it's poisoning, not drug overdose. I don't think many people take fentanyl recreationally.


  19. by Curt_Anderson on January 23, 2024 3:33 pm
    "With fentanyl it's poisoning, not drug overdose. I don't think many people take fentanyl recreationally." --HtS

    How are you defining "recreationally"? Recreational drug use is the term used to distinguish it from prescribed drug use. In other words, it's illicit drug use.

    Fentanyl addictions and deaths wouldn't be MAGA concern if it were not for that fact that fentanyl deaths are not limited to inner city areas (as many drug problems of the past have been) but it impacts rural areas equally.

    Indy, I know it's PC to say it, but drug abuse is not an "illness". That euphemism minimizes actual illnesses. At some point Adam Harrison could have said "no thanks". Leukemia, Cystic Fibrosis, ALS and other disease victims never have the opportunity to say "no thanks".

    Also Indy, Oregon legalized small amounts of drugs including heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs in 2020. The results have not been the success many of us had hoped for.

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in Oregon on Tuesday unveiled a sweeping new bill that would undo a key part of the state’s first-in-the-nation drug decriminalization law, a recognition that public opinion has soured on the measure amid rampant public drug use during the fentanyl crisis.

    The bill would recriminalize the possession of small amounts of drugs as a low-level misdemeanor, enabling police to confiscate them and crack down on their use on sidewalks and in parks, its authors said. It also aims to make it easier to prosecute dealers, to access addiction treatment medication, and to obtain and keep housing without facing discrimination for using that medication.


    apnews.com


  20. by HatetheSwamp on January 23, 2024 3:50 pm

    Fentanyl addictions and deaths wouldn't be MAGA concern if it were not for that fact that fentanyl deaths are not limited to inner city areas (as many drug problems of the past have been) but it impacts rural areas equally.

    Other than the fact that you practice blatant MAGAhate, how could you possibly know that?


  21. by Curt_Anderson on January 23, 2024 4:14 pm
    "Other than the fact that you practice blatant MAGAhate, how could you possibly know that?" ---HtS

    It's called research. You should try it some time.

    Small Towns and Rural Areas Hit Hard by Opioid Crisis
    Not according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, over the last decade, issues once associated with city life have slowly creeped into rural areas. Opioid misuse, often perceived as a problem of urban areas, has found its way into America’s small towns. Now, these communities are faced with the resulting loss, crime, and destruction that accompanies misuse of opioid prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Fentanyl, and of the illegal counterpart, heroin.



    Overall, the rate of drug overdose deaths was higher in urban counties (28.6 per 100,000 standard population) than in rural counties (26.2).


    Opioid Misuse in Rural America
    As of March 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that drug overdose death rates continue to rise in both rural and urban areas. In five states, California, Connecticut, North Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia, the rate of drug-overdose deaths in rural counties were higher than those in urban counties. In addition, a December 2017 survey by the National Farmers Union and the American Farm Bureau Federation found that as many as 74 percent of farmers have been directly impacted by the opioid crisis.

    At a time when overdose deaths, driven primarily by illicitly manufactured synthetic drugs, have reached a record high, the Biden-Harris Administration took action through its first-year drug policy priorities to significantly expand access to evidence-based prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery support services, as well to reduce the supply of illicit drugs like fentanyl.
    cbha.org
    cdc.gov
    usda.gov


  22. by Curt_Anderson on January 23, 2024 4:21 pm
    If you are wondering how I know Republicans have changed their tune on drug abuse, I know what they said and I pay attention to what they say now and where drug abuse is happening.

    THEN
    President Ronald Reagan, Aug. 4, 1986: "We will refuse to let drug users blame their behavior on others."

    NOW
    Ron DeSantis talks about fentanyl in every stump speech, vowing to send the military into Mexico to target cartels. Nikki Haley has promised to send special operations forces across the border. Chris Christie has called for better access to treatment. Former President Donald J. Trump has offered few specific solutions but has tapped into victims’ families’ hunger to be seen: He likens deaths from the drug to wartime casualties.
    npr.org
    nytimes.com


  23. by HatetheSwamp on January 23, 2024 4:28 pm

    Fentanyl addictions and deaths wouldn't be MAGA concern if it were not for that fact that fentanyl deaths are not limited to inner city areas (as many drug problems of the past have been) but it impacts rural areas equally.

    But, how do you know that?...

    ...other than that you practice virulent MAGAhate!



  24. by Curt_Anderson on January 23, 2024 6:25 pm
    I answered your comment #23 with my comment #22.

    If you can cite information that contradicts what I said and supports your obliviousness to Republican inconsistency on who to blame for illicit drug use, you are cordially invited to share it here.


  25. by Indy! on January 23, 2024 10:28 pm

    I think I know what you intended, Curt - that drug addiction is not an illness in the traditional sense that we think of illness. But it is in fact classified as a mental illness according to the DSM which is the basically the bible of mental illnesses. So this is the nice way of saying you're welcome to your opinion - but it is wrong.

    Read up...



    The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, text revision, often called the DSM-V-TR or DSM-5-TR, is the latest version of the American Psychiatric Association’s gold-standard text on the names, symptoms, and diagnostic features of every recognized mental illness—including addictions.

    The DSM-5-TR criteria for substance use disorders are based on decades of research and clinical knowledge. The DSM-5-TR was published in 2013, and in 2022, a text revision was published that included updated criteria for more than 70 disorders, including the requirements for stimulant-induced mild neurocognitive disorder.1

    This article discusses the DSM-5-TR criteria for substance use disorders and how these conditions are diagnosed.

    What Are Substance Use Disorders?
    The DSM-5-TR recognizes substance-related disorders resulting from the use of 10 separate classes of drugs:2

    Alcohol
    Caffeine
    Cannabis
    Hallucinogens
    Inhalants
    Opioids
    Sedatives
    Hypnotics, or anxiolytics
    Stimulants (including amphetamine-type substances, cocaine, and other stimulants)
    Tobacco

    While some major groupings of psychoactive substances are specifically identified, the use of other or unknown substances can also form the basis of a substance-related or addictive disorder.
    The activation of the brain’s reward system is central to problems arising from drug use. The rewarding feeling people experience due to taking drugs may be so profound that they neglect other normal activities in favor of taking the drug.

    The pharmacological mechanisms for each class of drug are different. But the activation of the reward system is similar across substances in producing feelings of pleasure or euphoria, which is often referred to as a “high.”3

    The DSM-5-TR recognizes that people are not all automatically or equally vulnerable to developing substance-related disorders. Some people have lower levels of self-control that predispose them to develop problems if exposed to drugs.

    Substance-Use vs. Substance-Induced Disorders
    There are two groups of substance-related disorders: substance-use disorders and substance-induced disorders.

    Substance-use disorders are patterns of symptoms resulting from the use of a substance that you continue to take, despite experiencing problems as a result.
    Substance-induced disorders, including intoxication, withdrawal, and other substance/medication-induced mental disorders, are caused by the effects of substances.4
    Merck Manual: Professional Version. Substance-induced disorders.

    More at the link below - I suggest you read it because you are WILDLY misinformed if you think drug addiction is not a mental illness.
    verywellmind.com


  26. by Indy! on January 23, 2024 10:39 pm
    Peebs: I don't think many people take fentanyl recreationally.

    Jebus. Why do you think they're taking it, peebs? To get high. It's the fastest growing drug abuse problem in the US - basically the equivalent of the crack epidemic except fentanyl is far more deadly and the CIA couldn't limit it to the poor neighborhoods the way they did (more or less) with crack. But the answer is not more cops at the border - we know from history there is no way to stop drugs from getting into the country if people want them and are willing to pay big dollars for them.


    Curt again... the reason the Oregon experiments have failed is because you went about it in the wrong way. But even as a failing experiment - it probably works better than criminalization of drug abuse which doesn't work at all. It doesn't lower drug use, it doesn't stop drugs from coming into the country and locking people because they have a mental illness that CAN be addressed AND "cured" (using the term loosely) in a large portion of the user groups is not the answer either. But let's say it did work - let's say we COULD outlaw and eliminate all the illicit drugs coming into the country... what would happen? People would merely switch to abusing LEGAL drugs which was actually the big problem more than once in this country - with quaaludes in the 70s/80s and with oxycontin in the 90s/00s. People who want to get high - who have a mental illness called addiction - will not be prevented from doing drugs by other people, laws or borders if that is what they want to do.


  27. by Indy! on January 23, 2024 10:49 pm
    Peebs again...

    Fentanyl addictions and deaths wouldn't be MAGA concern if it were not for that fact that fentanyl deaths are not limited to inner city areas (as many drug problems of the past have been) but it impacts rural areas equally.

    But, how do you know that?...

    ...other than that you practice virulent MAGAhate!




    We know it from history, peebs. Jesus, I can't believe how misinformed this board is on such a huge problem. Do you know how and why marijuana and other drugs were outlawed in the first place, peebs? Because the wealthy corporate masters - led by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst (the person Citizen Kane was based on) - ran a campaign to pass laws outlawing it. How did they do that? By using scare tactics that blacks and Mexicans turned into crazed killers, etc... when they got high. It was based almost exclusively on fear of the black (and brown) man. Why was Hearst interested? Because he owned paper mills to make the paper and chemical companies to make the bleach to whiten the paper for his newspaper empire. Then he found out (better) hemp paper was cheaper to produce and didn't require the chemicals to whiten the paper - which meant his paper mills and chemical factories would be put out of business. The entire drug criminalization movement was nothing but the wealthy making sure they didn't get undercut by cheaper, better answers found in nature... better paper, cheaper longer lasting texttiles, "drugs" with far more curative abilities people could grow in their back yard. Of course this movement was led by the wealthy rightwingers.


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