It seems we fail to appreciate the magnitude of the opiates drug problem. Reading yet another particularly good article on this problem.
I also couldn't help but notice that almost all of the articles I read on this subject neglect to connect the dots between the opiates problem and the massively flooded drug supply chain, a giant piece of it coming from Afghanistan. From here we can connect the dots back to the invasion of that country because prior to the invasion the Taliban had virtually stopped poppy production in that country. It was post invasion that the Taliban allows poppy production and so it can suck revenue from it.
When our troops are finally withdrawn from the Middle East and the true cost of the loss to this country by the invasion is calculated, let's be sure it includes a fair share of the cost of opiates addiction here at home.