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Former Pres Bill Clinton warns Mexican cartels, urban gangs spurring drug crisis in U.S. cities

June 26, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Pres Bill Clinton warns Mexican cartels, urban gangs spurring drug crisis in U.S. cities

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Former President Bill Clinton expressed his concern to U.S. mayors on Saturday about the increasing opioid epidemic and warned that the drug crisis is not going to be restrained to rural areas because of heroin coming in from Mexico and fentanyl growing more attractive to gangs in inner cities.

“In the beginning, this epidemic had a less violent system. Our kids were delivered, and a lot of our adults were delivered into an addiction by doctors and drug manufacturers, not by gangs,” Clinton stated at the U.S. Mayors Conference. “Because as the government got better at dealing with opioids, more moved into heroin.”

“Heroin is cheaper because it is being grown in Mexico in the hidden parts of the Sierra Madre Mountains and being harvested by preteens. Then it got cheaper with fentanyl which is a drug that if you have a 13-year-old child who can make a ‘C’ in chemistry and access a garage, they can learn how to make. Now it’s becoming attractive to gangs,” Clinton added. “It’s going to eat us all alive.”

Bill Clinton has been sounding the alarm about the effects of heroin for years stemming from Mexico, according to transcripts released by WikiLeaks.

“This addiction has become more expensive and hazardous because the government’s doing a better job of dealing with it. So it is morphing into a heroin epidemic in small towns and rural areas,” Clinton said at a 2015 fundraiser. “Why is that? Because in areas of Mexico, they’re able to grow poppies and harvest them with preteens protected by gangs, so they can ship that heroin much cheaper than we could otherwise get it.”

At another fundraiser in November 2015, Clinton said that spike in addiction rates are because “heroin poppies, or opium, are being grown in the mountains of Mexico, and harvested by preteens. Eight- and nine-year-old kids are paid by dealers to begin the process of producing heroin. That’s why heroin is so much cheaper than cocaine.”

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