ㅤ"The CDC’s 2017 data shows that 70,237 Americans died of drug overdoses. That represents a nearly 10 percent increase from 2016, when 63,632 Americans died of drug overdoses. West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania were the states hardest hit in 2017.
ㅤAnalysts warned that a growing amount of drugs are laced with dangerous substances like the synthetic opioid fentanyl when the CDC released preliminary 2017 overdose statistics in August.
ㅤProvisional numbers suggest that 2018 will see a similar number of drug overdose deaths as in 2017, according to the CDC.
ㅤDeaths involving fentanyl, its analogs and the opioid tramadol jumped 45 percent from 2016 to 2017 alone, according to CDC data. 2017 saw more than 28,000 deaths involving fentanyl or similar synthetic opioids.
ㅤFentanyl is most common in the eastern and midwestern U.S., where the opioid epidemic is most concentrated. Illicit fentanyl is often made in Mexico or China and cut into supplies of heroin or cocaine as it is stronger and cheaper than both of those substances."
ㅤFull story at The Daily Caller News Foundation. Posted here on 11/29/18. See "drug overdoses, mexico, fentanyl."
ㅤ"The finding comes in the 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment just released by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). During the past 10 years, the drug landscape has changed with the dramatic increase of opioids, the DEA report stated. The agency claims that drug poisoning deaths typically tied to overdose or to emerging drugs like fentanyl are spiking. In 2016, approximately 174 people died every day from drug poisoning. These deaths outnumber those caused by firearms, motor vehicle crashes, suicide, and homicide. The agency reported that the U.S. opioid threat — including controlled prescription drugs, fentanyl, and other synthetic opioids, and heroin — has had a devastating effect.
ㅤThe DEA identifies the Sinaloa Cartel, Jalisco New Generation Cartel, the Gulf Cartel, Los Zetas, Beltran Leyva, and the Juarez Cartel as the criminal organizations responsible for flooding U.S. streets with narcotics. Mexican drug cartels are listed as having deep connections with Colombian drug cartels and with U.S.-based street gangs leading to an established distribution line."
ㅤFull story at Breitbart. Posted here on 11/3/18. See "fentanyl, cartels, mexican drug cartels, dea."
ㅤ"Fentanyl, a newer synthetic opioid painkiller, is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, with only 2 mg becoming a lethal dose. It is pure white, odorless and flavorless, with a potency strong enough that police and first responders helping overdose victims have themselves overdosed by simply touching or inhaling a small amount. As a result, the DEA has recommended that officers not field test drugs if fentanyl is suspected, but instead collect and send samples to a laboratory for analysis. ‘Exposure via inhalation or skin absorption can be deadly,’ they state.
ㅤOver a two year period, close to $800 million worth of fentanyl pills were illegally sold online to the U.S. by Chinese distributors. The drug is usually manufactured in China, then shipped to Mexico where it is processed and packaged, which is then smuggled into the U.S. by drug cartels. A large amount is also purchased online and shipped through the U.S. Postal Service. It can also be purchased directly from China, which has become a major manufacturer of various synthetic drugs illegal in the U.S. AP reporters found multiple sellers in China willing to ship carfentanyl, an elephant tranquilizer that is so potent it has been considered a chemical weapon. The sellers also offered advice on how to evade screening by US authorities.
ㅤDeaths from Fentanyl increased by 540 percent across the United States since 2015. This accounts for almost ‘all the increase in drug overdose deaths from 2015 to 2016’, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association."
ㅤFull story at Wikipedia, image from west-ward(.com) – 8/11/18. See "fentanyl, opioid epidemic."
SENATE PANEL ADVANCES SWEEPING OPIOIDS BILL
ㅤ"The Senate Health Committee advanced opioids legislation Tuesday that packages dozens of measures aimed at seizing and destroying deadly fentanyl at the border, reining in excessive amounts of addictive pills and speeding safer painkillers to market."
Full story…at The Washington Times, image from west-ward(.com) – 4/24/18.
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ㅤㅤTWO MEN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSION OF ENOUGH FENTANYL TO KILL EVERYONE IN NYC AND NEW JERSEY
ㅤ”‘The 45 kilograms of fentanyl seized last year in this investigation brought home the scope of the problem we face in New Jersey with this highly lethal opioid,’ said Elie Honig, director of the Division of Criminal Justice. ‘Three years ago, fentanyl was found in only about 2 percent of the heroin tested by the State Police; by late last year, it was found in nearly one-third of the heroin tested.’
ㅤFentanyl is a widely used and extremely potent synthetic opioid. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20,000 of the 64,000 overdose deaths in 2016 were because of synthetic opioids.'”
Full story at The Independent Journal Review, Image from west-ward(.com) – 1/29/18.
ㅤTags drug cartels, drugs, heroin, heroin epidemic, mexican cartels, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids, fentanyl, conservative, politics.