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.