Ann Coulter Believes Building A Border Will Solve America's Heroin Epidemic

By Keri Blakinger 02/08/16

In a shortsighted hot take, Coulter blames Mexico for America's heroin epidemic. 

Ann Coulter Believes Building A Border Will Solve America's Heroin Epidemic
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Ann Coulter took aim at heroin addiction in her latest piece for Breitbart – unfortunately she took aim in the wrong direction.

Her Feb. 3 essay begins reasonably enough, with statistics. In 2014, she says, 47,055 people died from drug overdoses – more than died in car accidents.

“This is a huge, horrible problem — and it’s a problem caused entirely by the fact that Mexico is on our southern border,” she writes.

“The diverse, hardworking people of Mexico manufacture the majority of heroin in the U.S. and import ‘nearly all’ of it, according to a 2014 Washington Post report.”

While she is correct in noting that there were 47,055 overdose deaths in 2014, she then goes on to talk about heroin in particular, leaving the reader to draw a connection between the two. In fact, as the Washington Post reported at the time, 28,647 of those deaths were from opioids, including 10,574 from heroin in particular. Those are still staggering numbers—heroin overdoses tripled from 2010 to 2014—but it is worth noting that less than a quarter of that 47,055 figure is attributable to the heroin use she lays at Mexico’s feet. 

Coulter goes on to say that the “media and political class” have pointedly looked for a way to blame Americans—“preferably white males”—for the drug epidemic. She writes, sarcastically, “Mexicans aren’t at fault for dumping these poisons on our country because … it’s the 14-year-old American kid’s fault for getting addicted!” (On the upside, at least it seems she’s willing to stop blaming addicts.)

“Pandering politicians give fiery speeches about drug addiction being a ‘disease,’” she writes. “However that may be, drug addiction is the only disease that you absolutely can’t catch if you never take drugs.” (Okay, so that does sound a little blame-y.)

To make it easier for kids to “never take drugs” in the first place, Coulter says the best solution is to support Trump’s plan to build a wall.

“Only Donald Trump has made the inarguable point that the most effective way to avoid catching this particular disease is never to start taking drugs,” she writes.

“Only Trump would make it a lot harder to start by building a wall and sending Mexican drug dealers and anchor babies home. Only Trump doesn’t blame America first.”

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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