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San Francisco has more drug addicts than it has students enrolled in its public high schools, the city Health Department’s latest estimates conclude.
There are about 24,500 injection drug users in San Francisco — that’s about 8,500 more people than the nearly 16,000 students enrolled in San Francisco Unified School District’s 15 high schools and illustrates the scope of the problem on the city’s streets.
It’s also an increase of about 2,000 serious drug users since 2012, the last time a study was done.
From 1980-85, most of the heroin seized in the U.S. came from Southwest Asia, according to DEA records, a region later eclipsed by Southeast Asia between 1988-1994. South America became the leading importer in 1994 and remained so until 2013, when Mexico firmly took hold.
San Francisco's biggest heroin suppliers are Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), Nielsen said. On a street-dealing level, he said the DEA has identified a group of Hondurans — some with ties to the East Bay — who have a corner on the market.
In 2015, 93 percent of the heroin seized in the U.S. was produced in Mexico.
Fentanyl can be purchased cheaply from China and is often trafficked into the U.S. from Mexico or Canada. Nielsen said it is increasingly cut into heroin, coc aine or fake oxycontin or oxycodone pills. It can easily lead to overdose.
"If they get the recipe right it won't kill the user, but if they don't, it could," Nielsen said. "It seems like users are looking for the best possible high they can get without dying, and that's a very fine line."
The general number of people who inject drugs has also been steadily rising for years, and in the past decade, the number has gone up by more than 50 percent, according to data from the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH). The biggest spike occurred between 2005 and 2012 when the number shot up 121 percent.
Nearly all drugs come through ports of entry, not the open desert. The largest ever fentanyl bust that occurred recently was a semi truck that was stopped at an entry port.
originally posted by: TheRedneck
Nearly all confiscated drugs come through ports of entry, not the open desert. The largest ever fentanyl bust that occurred recently was a semi truck that was stopped at an entry port.
originally posted by: EmmanuelGoldstein
a reply to: StallionDuck
If you were in charge of a multi-billion dollar a year heroin exporting business headquartered in Mexico, would you let a wall stop you from doing business and making money?
Come on man, the wall is a complete waste of time. Why not just arrest employees who hire illegals and execute all heroin smugglers on site?
And that is because nearly all drugs smuggled into the United States come through ports of entry.
Have you been following the El Chapo trial? He testified in great detail how they have been smuggling drugs into the country, it's nearly all ports of entry and to a lesser extent, tunnels.
A wall doesn't stop smuggling since the demand is still there.
originally posted by: Speedtek
Explain to me how to build a wall down the middle of the Rio Grande? It's 1,954 miles - the border is in the MIDDLE of the river. Take a look in google earth - You obviously cannot build it down the middle of the river, you cant build it along the side of the river. - I'd really like an explanation on how this would happen.
originally posted by: TheRedneck
That we know of.
Not really, primarily because whatever he says will likely not be the whole truth. A drug kingpin does not become brutally honest just because he sits down in front of someone with a black robe on... he will say only what he has to say to try and get off, and he certainly won't rat out the deeper secrets of the organization he is the kingpin of.
No, but it certainly deters it.
originally posted by: Bone75
Because one of El Chapo's amputation specialists said so?
originally posted by: StallionDuck
A wall may not stop the flow but it can slow it down enough to give authorities a chance to catch up to them.