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Report: Fentanyl is Leading Cause of Death in Americans Ages 18-45

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The leading cause of death amongst Americans ages 18-45 is the deadly drug fentanyl, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because of the Biden administration’s backwards priorities, a large percentage of Americans have never even heard of the drug.

“We are in the worst overdose crisis we’ve ever been in in the United States,” said Lisa Raville, executive director of the Harm Reduction Action Center in Denver. “In a magical world there would be no drugs, but we live here.”

Arizona’s abc15 reports “In the year ending in April 2021, fentanyl claimed the lives of 40,010 Americans ages 18-45. That’s more than car accidents (22,442), suicide (21,678), COVID (21,335), and cancer (17,114).”

Awareness of fentanyl really only began roughly six years ago. It was developed in 1959 “primarily used as an anesthetic and pain reliever for medical purposes without the side effect of nausea. It is 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin” reports abc15.

The synthetic drug became very popular and migrated its way onto the drug scene in 2015 for a few reasons. It is cheaper to produce than most illicit drugs such as heroin which requires cultivation, and because of its potency, only a small amount is necessary to get high.

As a result, fentanyl became a cheap “cut” that has been found in nearly every drug supply in the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse announced that last year, 75% of cocaine overdose deaths were mixed-use with fentanyl as were 50% of methamphetamine overdose deaths.

Drugs cut with fentanyl has caused so many overdoses that Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse says people need to be educated  on “how to use that drug in ways that is going to minimize the risk…And that includes, for example, never taking drugs alone. Why? Because if take these drugs alone and you overdose no one can give you the Naloxone.”

Both Raville and Dr. Volkow agree “solving the overdose issue is different from addressing the drug use issue. Both women agree improving things like education about contaminated drugs, addiction help, Naloxone access, and drug testing strip access are all vital.”

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  1. Kelli Martin

    January 4, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    Thank you for keeping this in the spotlight. The heroin is now complete fentynal. We have to fix this.
    From akron ohio

  2. Steve Baker

    January 4, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    Sara, love your reporting on immigration and illegal drugs. Can you please identify the locatin of the super labs that are making Fentanyl. They need removed any way possible, peaceably or militarily. This is an act of war! China is just as culpable as Mexico.

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Supreme Court rules anti-abortion doctors lack standing to sue FDA

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In a unanimous decision on Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that the anti-abortion doctors who challenged the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of the abortion pill mifepristone lack the standing to sue the federal agency. This ruling preserves the FDA’s existing approval of the drug.

The opinion, authored by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, emphasized that the plaintiffs presented “several complicated causation theories to connect FDA’s actions to the plaintiffs’ alleged injuries in fact.” However, none of these theories were sufficient to establish Article III standing, which requires a personal stake in the dispute.

National Review reports the lawsuit was filed in November 2022 by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) on behalf of the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine and four pro-life doctors. The plaintiffs claimed that the FDA had no authority to approve the two-pill chemical-abortion regimen under Subpart H, a federal code section allowing expedited approval for drugs treating “serious or life-threatening illnesses.” They argued that pregnancy is not an illness but a normal physiological state.

The plaintiffs also challenged the FDA’s 2016 and 2021 decisions to relax restrictions on mifepristone, such as increasing the gestational age for its use, reducing required office visits, allowing non-doctors to prescribe the pills, and permitting mail delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Abortion opponents expressed disappointment with the decision. Erin Hawley, a lawyer with ADF, criticized the FDA for allegedly endangering women by allowing the use of mifepristone without in-person medical supervision. Ingrid Skop from the Charlotte Lozier Institute and Katie Daniel from Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America echoed similar sentiments, stressing their concerns about the safety of mail-order abortion drugs.

President Joe Biden, however, applauded the decision, highlighting the ongoing risks to women’s rights to necessary medical treatment in many states.

Justice Kavanaugh’s opinion stated that the plaintiffs did not demonstrate a direct injury that would force them to participate in abortion procedures against their conscience. He added that concerns about the potential for increased emergency room visits did not justify legal standing.

Kavanaugh noted that doctors and citizens opposed to FDA regulations should seek changes through legislative and executive branches rather than the courts. This decision aligns with a previous lower court ruling that found the legal challenge was filed too late, beyond the statute of limitations.

Earlier this year, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk in Texas ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, suspending the FDA’s approval of mifepristone. This decision was subsequently overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which restored access to the drug. The Supreme Court’s stay ensured that the drug remained available while legal proceedings continued.

Democratic lawmakers welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley described it as a “major relief & victory for anyone who has ever or will ever need essential medication abortion care.” Senator Elizabeth Warren criticized the challenge as baseless and underscored the safety and effectiveness of chemical-abortion pills. She warned of ongoing efforts by Republicans to impose a nationwide abortion ban and called for continued protection of reproductive freedom.

 

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