The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning Americans of “dangerous counterfeit pills” containing fentanyl, according to Monday’s press release. Only a small amount, close to 4 grains of salt of fentanyl, can kill the average adult. In 2017, fentanyl caused 28,400 overdose deaths, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
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“Capitalizing on the opioid epidemic and prescription drug abuse in the United States, drug trafficking organizations are now sending counterfeit pills made with fentanyl in bulk to the United States for distribution,” said DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon. “Counterfeit pills that contain fentanyl and fentanyl-laced heroin are responsible for thousands of opioid-related deaths in the United States each year.”
Fentanyl is illicitly manufactured and trafficked by the Mexican drug cartels. “Not in Vein,” a documentary produced by Sara A. Carter, exposed the cartels for exploiting an opioid epidemic that’s killing nearly 130 Americans each day. Now, Carter is urging the federal government to designate these groups “Foreign Terrorist Organizations.”
Carter recently testified before the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee. In her testimony, she identified several states across the country, including Ohio, that the cartels identify “as a potential marketing place to gain more and more addicts, infiltrate the school systems, make their money and bring it back to Mexico, and continue to perpetuate this horrific epidemic,” she continued, “and I call it a terrorist action.”