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Pushers selling deadly drugs know the dangers, therefore are violent criminals

First Huntington, West Virginia. Then Cincinnati, Ohio. Now Louisville, Kentucky. An epidemic that might be called the White Death is sweeping that region of the country.

It is heroin with an additive that makes it even more dangerous than the primary product, which is what many buyers think they are getting. Fentanyl or possibly a drug used to tranquilize large animals may be to blame.

During one day in mid-August, first responders in Huntington went to so many drug overdose calls they lost count. There were at least 27. Emergency help saved most of their lives, but at least one, perhaps two, fatalities occurred.

Next, the White Death hit Cincinnati, where there were 78 overdose calls during one 48-hour period. Three people died.

Now, similar reports are coming from Louisville. On Aug. 30, 28 overdoses were called in. One hospital treated eight overdose patients in five hours.

Already this year, 140 people in Louisville have died of drug overdoses.

Potentially lethal drugs – and plain heroin is bad enough – can be sold easily because addicts’ bodies tell them that regardless of the risk, they have to get that fix. That makes the addicts an easy, reliable market for

pushers.

But those selling illicit drugs, often not addicted themselves, do have a choice.

In the Huntington-Cincinnati-Lousville triangle, it is plain a large supply of extremely dangerous heroin is on the market. That has to be known to the pushers, some of whom must know that in selling the stuff to addicts, they are supplying White Death.

Yet the pushers keep on buying from the same supplier(s). And they continue to reap big profits by forwarding the adulterated heroin to junkies.

Many pushers are non-violent and do not deserve

severe punishment, our own president assures us.

Really?