Washington’s Afghanistan watchdog suggests link between opium surge and U.S. epidemic

Washington’s Afghanistan watchdog suggests link between opium surge and U.S. epidemic
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[Ed. – It does bear looking into.]

The United States government should look into the potential relationship between record production of opium in Afghanistan and the heroin crisis in the United States that has killed tens of thousands of Americans, a top U.S. watchdog tells Breitbart News.

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko, declared:

I don’t know if there’s a link, but it seems to me somebody ought to be looking at that at DEA or somewhere else in the Department of Justice [DOJ] … It just seems somebody should do it. It’s not my job, but just as a U.S. citizen — I’m a taxpayer and U.S. citizen — I would be concerned about that.

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While the U.S. government has conceded that most of the heroin in neighboring Canada originates in Afghanistan, the DEA maintains that only about 1 percent of the seized heroin in the United States comes from the war-ravaged nation.

Sopko appeared to question the DEA figure…

I spend a lot of time on the northern border. It’s pretty porous. You can get across the border. I do know if you look at the northern states … most of the heroin in Canada comes from Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the state of Maine, the state of Massachusetts, the state of Vermont, the state of New Hampshire, the state of New York have all declared —their governors [have declared] — opium [heroin] epidemics.

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