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Overdose Deaths from Fentanyl Surge Reaching Record High in US

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Another record has been reached in the United States: “an estimated 105,752 people died of drug overdoses in the 12-month period ending October 2021” reports CNN Health. The data was published last week by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

Two-thirds of the deaths were a result of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. “Fentanyl, even at very, very small quantities, is lethal for most people,” said Katherine Keyes, an associate professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health whose research focuses on psychiatric and substance use epidemiology. “It’s just an incredibly potent opioid.”

The CDC data reveals roughly 15,000 more people died last year, a 16% increase in overdose deaths than in the previous year. CNN reports “data first indicated that  overdose deaths from any drug surpassed 100,000 annually in data through April 2021. This is the seventh month in a row that estimates for the latest 12-month period have stayed above this level.”

“Overdose deaths from methamphetamine and other psychostimulants increased significantly, up nearly 40% from the year before. They accounted for about 30% of all overdose deaths in the latest 12-month period” adds CNN.

Principal research scientist at the University of Washington’s Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute wrote in an email to CNN that “reconceptualizing opioid-use disorder as an urgent health emergency is necessary.”

“Mentally and financially depressed people are at increased risk for harms associated with opioids, so addressing wellness, poverty and housing are essential to health overall, including opioid-use disorder.”

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  1. Stephane

    March 21, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    THANK YOU biden!

  2. Dot

    March 23, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    These deaths are NOT overdoses! They are POISONINGS from Fentanyl manufactured in China and added to other drugs by the Cartels.

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736,200 fentanyl pills and 196 pounds of methamphetamines seized in rail car of train crossing from Mexico to Arizona

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Thousands of fentanyl pills were found on a train crossing into Arizona from Mexico and seized by customs officials on the Mexico border in Arizona last week. The Daily Mail found that according to the report, the train was searched by United States Customs and Border Protection officials as it came into Nogales, Arizona Wednesday.

The train was carrying approximately 736,200 fentanyl pills and 196 pounds of methamphetamines in one single rail car. Just one day before, the port seized 150,000 pills hidden under the seats of a vehicle. On Monday, 10,400 fentanyl pills and 6.4 pounds of meth were found in tubes used for construction adhesive.

According to the Daily Mail, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said it had captured around 50.6 million fake prescription pills laced with fentanyl and 10,000 pounds of fentanyl powder in 2022, labeling it the equivalent of ‘more than 379 million potentially deadly doses.’

According to experts, fentanyl has supplanted prescription opioids and heroin in the illegal drug markets. Officials from the DEA have said that the man-made opioids are 50 times more potent than heroin, with just two milligrams of fentanyl considered a potential “deadly dose.”

The DEA said findings show they have seized more than double the amount they seized last year; enough to kill all 330 million Americans.

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