Everyone would agree that there is a serious heroin problem. Over the past 30 years, the price of the drug has plummeted. This is due in no small part to multinational pharmaceutical companies mass producing synthetic opiates for medical purposes. Where formerly heroin and morphine for medicinal use was sourced from the farmers, which made it unavailable to the black market, the black market price was restrictively expensive. Now however, since the mass production of synthetic opiates for medicinal use, vast quantities are available for the black market, making it so cheap that dealers can afford to give it away and entice new victims.
The multinational pharmaceutical companies bear a great responsibilty for the current glut of black market heroin. Were they to stop, and return to policy of purchasing from the farmers, vast quantities of the drug would be removed from the illegal marketplace. It is the elephant in the illegal drugs room, which governments cannot be unaware of, and raising the question, in whose interest is this policy in?
It is time for a concerted campaign of awareness to this. The pharmaceutical companies have a social and moral duty to IMMEDIATELY cease the production of synthetic opiates. For are they not to do so, they will remain a huge part of the problem.