When heroin was first invented, it was a legal drug. By 1898, Bayer Inc. was distributing “HEROIN” around the world, as a safe way to suppress bouts of coughing, from diseases such as “TB” and “Whooping Cough.” A little more than a decade later, it became painfully obvious to the U.S. government that many people were abusing heroin, some were dying, and many were turning to crime.
 
Over the next 100 plus years, heroin addiction has affected, without much deviation, somewhere between 0.5 – 0.7 % of the world population, between the ages 15 to 64. Yet the industry of heroin has morphed from its legal and non-violent beginnings into ultra-violent narco-terrorist organizations, that compete for power with local and even national governments. The result being that the heroin industry has changed entire cultures, nations and regions all to the detriment of their respective populations. The statistics are particularly tragic in regions where heroin is produced. Places like Afghanistan, Myanmar, Mexico and Iran have populations that live under constant threat of violent criminality, including very high murder rates.
 

Mexican drug cartel violence