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America's Insatiable Demand for Drugs: Assessing the Federal Response, Hearing Before the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, May 17, 2016   [open pdf - 914KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the May 17, 2016, "America's Insatiable Demand for Drugs: Assessing the Federal Response," held before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Chairman Ron Johnson: "At the federal level, we spend approximately $31 billion per year on our war on drugs. According to testimony before this committee, we interdict less than 10 percent of illegal drugs coming across our southwest border and somewhere between 11 and 18 percent coming in through our maritime borders. As a result, heroin entering the United States today is significantly higher in purity and lower in price than it was in the past. According to Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, heroin sold on the street has increased from five percent in purity to now between 20 and 80 percent. Meanwhile, the price of heroin has decreased from a nationwide average of $3,260 per gram of pure heroin in 1981 to $100 to $150 per gram in Wisconsin today. That can translate into as little as $10 for one hit. The ease with which an addict can access heroin has led to an alarming rise in overdoses across the country." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael P. Botticelli, Kana Enomoto, and Diana Maurer.

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