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DEA warns of accidental fentanyl ‘mass-overdose events across the United States’

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sent a letter to all “local, state and federal law enforcement partners” to warn of a terrifying trend across the United States. The letter begins:

The DEA is seeing a nationwide spike in fentanyl-related mass-overdose events involving three or more overdoses occurring close in time at the same location. In just the past two months, there have been at least 7 confirmed mass overdose events across the United States resulting in 58 overdoses and 29 overdose deaths.

Shockingly, many of the mass overdose victims “thought they were ingesting cocaine and had no idea that they were in fact ingesting fentanyl” the letter states. The letter goes on to plead to all law enforcement that if a mass-overdose event occurs in their area, the local DEA office should be contacted immediately.

“DEA special agents and intelligence analysts stand ready to offer all of the resources at our disposal to assist your offices in any way we can.” The letter lists out the known overdose events in the United States this year:

  • On March 10, 2022, 6 individuals overdosed at a rental property in Wilton Manors, Florida after being exposed to a substance that they believed was cocaine, but contained fentanyl.
  • On March 4, 2022, 21 individuals overdosed, 3 of whom died, at a homeless shelter in downtown Austin, Texas after ingesting crack-cocaine and methamphetamine laced with fentanyl.
  • On March 3, 2022, 3 individuals overdosed and died in a hotel room in Cortez, Colorado after ingesting what that they believed were 30mg oxycodone pills, but which were in fact fake prescription pills containing fentanyl.
  • On February 20, 2022, 6 individuals overdosed, 5 of whom died, in the same apartment in Commerce City, Colorado after ingesting a substance that they believed was pure cocaine, but was in fact pure fentanyl. 
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  • On February 6, 2022, 4 individuals overdosed, 2 of whom died, in the same apartment complex in Omaha, Nebraska after ingesting a substance that they believed was cocaine, but contained fentanyl.
  • Between February 5-7, 2022, 8 individuals overdosed, 7 of whom died, at an apartment complex in St. Louis, Missouri after ingesting crack-cocaine laced with fentanyl.
  • On January 28, 2022, 10 individuals overdosed, 9 of whom died, within the same city block in Washington, D.C. after ingesting crack-cocaine laced with fentanyl.

The letter continues:

Tragic events like these are being driven by fentanyl. Fentanyl is highly-addictive, found in all 50 states, and drug traffickers are increasingly mixing it with other types of drugs—in powder and pill form—in an effort to drive addiction and attract repeat buyers. These mass-overdose events typically occur in one of the following recurring scenarios: when drug dealers sell their product as “cocaine,” when it actually contains fentanyl; or when drug dealers sell fake prescription pills designed to appear nearly identical to legitimate prescriptions—such as OxyContin®, Percocet®, or Vicodin®—that are actually fake prescription pills containing fentanyl. This is creating a frightening nationwide trend where many overdose victims are dying after unknowingly ingesting fentanyl.

Fentanyl is driving the nationwide overdose epidemic: the CDC estimates that in the 12-month period ending in October 2021, over 105,000 Americans died of drug overdoses and over 66% of those deaths were related to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. Last year, the United States suffered more fentanyl-related deaths than gun-related and auto-related deaths combined.

At DEA, we are working to trace mass-overdose events back to the local drug trafficking organizations and to the international cartels that are responsible for the surging domestic supply of fentanyl. We are utilizing all of the federal government’s resources to hold these organizations accountable for their roles in these tragic events. DEA special agents are trained to respond to mass-overdose events and we stand ready to offer all of the federal resources at our disposal to assist your offices in any way we can. We offer the following guidance and support:

  1. Contact DEA: If a mass-overdose event occurs in your area of responsibility, please contact your local DEA office right away. When these mass-overdose events occur, all of our Field Divisions stand ready to assist in:

o Interdicting the substance that is driving the spike in overdoses;

o Investigating and identifying the dealers and larger drug trafficking

organizations responsible for the overdose event;

o Providing priority access to all of DEA’s resources, including our labs,

chemists, and overdose subject matter experts;

o Assisting with the presentation of the investigation to federal prosecutors; and

o Warning the public about the lethal drug threat.

  1. DEA Training: DEA offers trainings on mass-overdose events. Our special agents specialize in identifying the criminal drug networks responsible for these events and are available to support you in any way they can.
  2. Assume Fentanyl: We recommend that the members of your offices assume that all drugs encountered during enforcement activities now contain fentanyl. Given fentanyl’s extreme toxicity and the increases we are seeing in the distribution of polydrug substances containing fentanyl, please take all the precautions you would take when handling fentanyl whenever you interdict any illicit substance.

Thank you for your work on this critically-important issue. DEA stands ready to leverage all of our resources to support your offices in responding to this unprecedented and growing threat.

 

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18 Comments

  1. Kent Anderson

    April 8, 2022 at 12:35 am

    if one uses a flashlight from cell phone a real one will be translucent, fake will not have any light. Everyone should spread that around on the pills anyway.

  2. schutzhund

    April 8, 2022 at 9:16 am

    Open Borders?
    Cartel on the border?

  3. Michael Murphy

    April 8, 2022 at 11:28 am

    Way to go, Joe. This blood lies squarely at YOUR feet! Keep those borders open, Joe, and you’ll have many more deaths for which to answer.

  4. Pam Burgo

    April 8, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    Confusing. Seems counter productive for drug dealers to kill of customers?????

  5. Stephane

    April 8, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    ANYBODY who uses unlawful drugs is STUPID!
    THANK YOU worthless rapist racist corrupted to the core chinese stooge 44!!!
    Now that my belief has been made wide open, There is a reason for the stupidity!
    Lack of REAL self-esteem, lack of REAL LOVE, lack of REAL desire to succeed on one’s own. Drugs are taken to follow the leaders, or whom the stupids believe are the leaders. Who in fact are nothing but brash, selfish, bullies.
    As Mrs REAGAN used to say:”””SAY NO!!!”””.
    Be your own leader. Be your own counsel. Listen to people who have achieve greatness, not by following, but by making their own path, following their own desire to help the world!

  6. James

    April 8, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    If fuck head obiden was any kind of American he would shut it down but he is a murderer by proxy and could care less about America and its people.

  7. John nelso

    April 8, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    DEA is not doing everything they can to stop Fentysl deaths, if they were, they would get the Biden administration to finsh the wall and enforce the federal immigration laws! This alone would go a long way to stopping the infiltration of these drugs

  8. Bob Rand

    April 8, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    All I can say is the Biden administration is destroying our nation intentionally. ESG scores to control you, programmed digital currency to know every Dollar you make or spend and shut off you ability to access your funds. And now they participate in mass murder of US citizens with there criminal border policy. The gallows are to good for them.

  9. Sad4theUS

    April 9, 2022 at 12:28 am

    What do you expect with an open border and China in cahoots with the Cartel, sending over lots and lots of Fentanyl… As if this Administration doesn’t know that!

  10. Sad4theUS

    April 9, 2022 at 3:37 am

    A whole summer of rioting and a cop rotting in jail, all because George Floyd ate 4 oz of Fentanyl, and it only takes two micrograms to kill you! He was a Dead Man Walking, so the Left saw a perfect opportunity to start a racial war and they have divided the country ever since!

  11. sally

    April 9, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    Biden will not close the border and nancy p seems to think these drug dealers are good people.
    China is killing Americans, and probably many others around the world. China is the head of the real snake. Just think, the USA made china great with trade, education and I spy stuff. China has been shipping and dealing drugs for over 2000 years. Why would this be so hard to believe.

  12. Bill Fold

    April 9, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    It’s not hard to find the dealers who are selling this stuff. They should all be arrested and charged with murder.

  13. Harry Edmunds

    April 9, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    And Biden and his handlers/puppeteers are responsible for the flood of drugs across our southern border. The blood is on their hands since they ordered unrestricted open borders!!

  14. Lewis or Barbara Jones

    April 9, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    If this is a war, why are our officers not shooting first?

  15. Maria Regina

    April 10, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    Could this mass-overdosing involve the CIA deliberately planting these drugs to kill (depopulate) as many citizens as possible?

    Could the DEA be involved to help cover-up the evidence?

    When the Government says that we are hear to help, I see warning signs all over the place.

  16. Anne

    April 10, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Why not finish the border wall and shut the border down so there’s a lot less fentanyl coming in the U.S.? Or does that make too much sense?

  17. Andy

    April 11, 2022 at 4:32 am

    Look to the white house and capital hill. Blame the scumbag in then oval office. They all need to be locked up. They know this is happening and do absolutely nothing about it because they don’t care. This is by design. Lock thwem all up

  18. MicMac69

    April 11, 2022 at 8:09 am

    I am hopping most if not all over-dozed are progressive democrats and RINOs. The China-made fentanyl silencing the most vociferous China’s mouthpieces is hilarious! Hilarious too that the victims of the the China virus are mainly globalist vaccinated progressives. Though the conservatives are lame sitting-ducks the liberal-globalist ranks are depleted by the makes of their own master to whom they have become useless idiots! Trully hilarious!

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CARTER: Drug Cartels Funneling Money ‘Through Chinese Banks’

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Sara Carter joined Fox News host Steve Hilton to discuss one aspect of the border crisis no one is talking about: what happens to the drug money?

The crisis continues to increase, so we have to ask ourselves, “what happens when the money goes back?” questions Carter of the money cartels make.

“According to the United States government, the U.S. Department of Treasury, the Mexican drug cartels are actually funneling that money back through Chinese banks” explains Carter.

“We are losing our children” says Carter, while “not only are the drug cartels taking advantage of our national security crisis, but the enemies of our country are taking advantage of the national security crisis at our border.”

“We are losing a generation of Americans” from the dangerous drugs crossing the border. “What is the Biden administration going to do about that?” begs Carter. Those questions need to be posed “directly to the administration.”

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