by Frank Holmes, reporter
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-V.T., talks a big game when it comes to cutting the number of deaths caused by addiction—but he’s backing a policy that is sending Americans from every corner of the country to jail, to the hospital, or to the morgue.
It’s a blood-soaked government program—and he’s up to his elbows in it!
The trick is, so few people know about it that the liberals think they can get away with lying to your face.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden tried to sound tough on drugs at the Democratic debate on Wednesday.
He promised to “put some of these insurance executives, who totally oppose my plan, in jail for the $9 billion opioids they sell out there.”
He’s right that the voters want a candidate to focus like a laser on the problem. Opioids caused more than 72,000 deaths last year alone—heroin deaths have almost tripled—and the problem’s only getting worse.
The death rate is climbing nationwide.. .but the Midwest has seen almost 70% more of its people OD.
Part of the problem is years of elitist economic policies that destroyed all the good-paying jobs.
Part of the problem is the wide-open border, where Mexican drug cartels truck in 94% of all the heroin shot up in the U.S.
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But an underreported part of the problem is a government program Democrats actually pushed to fight drug abuse—which has only left more people strung out or dead.
It’s the free needle exchange program.
Democrats thought it would be a great idea to hand out free needles and syringes to junkies, at the taxpayer’s expense.
A lot of them never have the chance to return the dirty, used needles because they overdose with the drug paraphernalia that Democrats give them!
The liberal program increased overdose deaths by 12%—or 25% for opioid overdoses, according to a new study.
It just seems like common sense that giving people more chances to use drugs would increase the amount of drugs they use… and eventually cause them to OD.
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Liberals started the program, because studies found it reduced the spread of AIDS with IV drug users—and they were right, it did…because users overdosed! You can’t spread HIV if you’re dead.
But the program “led to greater risk of opioid misuse and overdose,” according to a new study by Analisa Packham, an economist from Vanderbilt.
She found that these programs cause an extra 2.5 deaths in every single county with a syringe exchange program.
Giving drug users free needles also increases ER visits, hospital stays, and drug arrests.
Then there’s the problem of needles all over city streets. In San Francisco, where the city government hands out 400,000 needles every month, the mayor had to hire ten people just to clean needles and syringes off the sidewalks before children get stuck with them.
All of these needless needle deaths could have been prevented.
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Former President Ronald Reagan stopped local governments from using U.S. tax dollars to fund these programs back in 1988—but Barack Obama overturned all that.
Democrats helped start up 86 new free needle programs, with your tax money, from 2009 to 2016.
If there is one needle program to a county, that’s 215 extra deaths, thanks to the Obama administration.
Former President Barack Obama personally visited West Virginia to thank them for putting in a needle-exchange program — and the state’s overdoses have nearly doubled in six years!
All of this is thanks to crazy liberal policies—and guess who egged Obama on the whole way?
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“We need needle exchange and harm reduction programs,” according to FeelTheBern.org, a site run by Sanders’ volunteers.
The Bernie Bros called the program “an important way to alleviate some of the suffering, reduce public health risks, and provide services to addicts who desperately need them.”
The services addicts receive are mostly in the morgue.
As bad as this idea is, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., doesn’t think it goes far enough.
The Massachusetts liberal wants the government to open up taxpayer-funded “facilities where people who use their own drugs can do so safely.”
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The government won’t just give you the needles; they’ll let you shoot up on the grounds.
What could go wrong?!
Just ask 72,000 Americans whose deaths Sanders and the program’s other leftist supporters made you pay for.
Frank Holmes is a reporter for The Horn News. He is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”