From wikipedia dot com; and many other sources if not exactly in the same words: “…In 1895, the German drug company Bayer marketed diacetylmorphine as an over-the-counter drug under the trademark name Heroin…”
If you will, in the image I’ve provided, please look at that which I’ve circumscribed with a green ellipse. It’s sensationalist journalism.
For whom, exactly, is “heroin” a “crisis?” It seems to me that decades-long criminalisation notwithstanding, people who want to acquire heroin or other criminalised drugs are going to do exactly what people who want alcohol (which is lawfully available in the United States and Europe) are going to do: acquire it. Whenever and wherever on the globe they want to.
Really, does the “history” of this alleged “crisis” matter at this point?
From independent dot com dot uk: “…Portugal decriminalised the use of all drugs in 2001. Weed, cocaine, heroin, you name it — Portugal decided to treat possession and use of small quantities of these drugs as a public health issue, not a criminal one. The drugs were still illegal, of course. But now getting caught with them meant a small fine and maybe a referral to a treatment program — not jail time and a criminal record…
…Among Portuguese adults, there are 3 drug overdose deaths for every 1,000,000 citizens. Comparable numbers in other countries range from 10.2 per million in the Netherlands to 44.6 per million in the UK, all the way up to 126.8 per million in Estonia. The EU average is 17.3 per million…
…Perhaps more significantly, the report notes that the use of “legal highs” – like so-called “synthetic” marijuana, “bath salts” and the like – is lower in Portugal than in any of the other countries for which reliable data exists…”