By whatever name they’re called there are 3,142 counties in the United States. Every single county in the U.S. registered an increase in drug-related mortality between 1980 and 2014. And that rise was statistically significant in 99.8 percent of counties.
The tragedy of these facts and figures is that the obvious failure of what has become known as the War on Drugs can be traced at least back to the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914. The war got heated in 1971 under Nixon and again in the 1980s with Reagan.
I have no idea of the money, time, and energy that’s been allocated to this was but the following map clearly shows it all to have been in vain. The map also shows that no groups has been spared the damages done by drug abuse.
This is truly a national problem to which no masked stranger on a silver steed is seen on the horizon.