Part of the nation's opioid addiction problem stems from "a very overly medicated society," retired Marine Corps General John Kelly, the Homeland Security Secretary nominee, told his confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
"It's amazing to me, but I just found out very recently that an old friend, who's not so old, just 62 years old, after a very successful life, just overdosed on heroin." Kelly said the heroin was cheaper and more available to his friend than the opioids for which she apparently could not get a prescription.
"And of course, part of the problem, I think, and this I think would be outside my area if I'm confirmed, but part of the problem is, we are a very overly medicated society. Huge amounts of opiods are prescribed legally for things that in the past, probably would not receive that level of medication. So the point is, huge problem, getting worse, and the profits are just unbelievable to the cartels that control the whole marketing and transporting."
"One hundred percent of the heroin that we consume in the United States is in fact produced in Mexico, and it's creeping down now into Central America," Kelly said.