I am writing in regard to the heroin epidemic plaguing this country.

I hear a lot about addiction treatment centers; there are way too few of them.

It seems to me that nothing or very little is being done to the countries and people responsible for supplying opium. I don’t hear anything from our elected officials or the federal Drug Enforcement Administration – nobody. Meanwhile, heroin is killing more Americans than terrorism.

Why don’t we put sanctions on countries like Afghanistan? Our military is there now. Why can’t they go kill the poppy gardens?

It just seems to me that this problem will not go away unless we kill off the source. It’s like mopping the bathroom floor while the toilet is still overflowing.

Fred C. Wescott Jr.

Portland