I am using the fentanyl and heroin as an example.
Dealers are mixing deadly substances in all street drugs including cocaine, pot and meth. But I think it’s odd to lace things with substances that kill. I can’t figure out what they get out of it.
From a purely practical point of view, these dealers are killing their customers. So why would they do that? Do they feel they have so many that it doesn’t matter? Does adding the substances add so much allure that those who suffer addiction think it’s worth the risk if they can feel that euphoric high they felt in the beginning of their addiction?
And finally, aren’t these deadly substances like fentanyl and Carfentanyl hard to get? Many who buy the drugs are unaware there are deadly substances mixed in so there would be a number of customers who would die. Not that this fact is important to drug dealers.
I’ve read that dealers add fentanyl to pills and drugs of all kinds because it gets people addicted faster creating more customers. But if it kills them that defeats the purpose. It would also make law enforcement that much more determined to bring in that dealer.
From a purely business standpoint, it’s seems like a really stupid strategy. From a criminal perspective, it’s murder.
Answers from people who know.
From Jenny Derr – It’s all about the money. Fentanyl is so much more potent so a little goes a long way. It’s always about the money.
From Tom Bannard – Jenny’s comment is right on about the short term reasons for it. The long term reasons I believe are about drug prohibition. Prohibition increases potency (see alcohol prohibition/moonshine). If you are willing to risk 10-20 years of your life to sell heroin(and most of those that sell also use), the incremental punishments above that are not much of a deterrent. This is why the drug war is not just a failure that has decimated communities of color, but something that is increasing overdoses, in addition to increasing cost to society through enforcement and incarceration, while decreasing access to help and increasing stigma. For more explanation on what allows us to be complicit in an 105 year drug war (hint:racism) check out Johan Hari’s chasing the scream.