Fentanyl

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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."

Full story at Wikipedia, image from west-ward(.com) – 8/11/18. See "fentanyl, opioid epidemic."

West Virginia Women Addicted To Opioids Turn To Prostitution

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ㅤ"The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported in February that in 2016, West Virginia had the highest rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in the United States―a rate of 43.4 deaths per 100,000, That figure had skyrocketed from 1.8 deaths per 100,000 in 1999."


Full story…at Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire, image from tumblr(.com) – 4/30/18. Tags: drug cartels, drugs, heroin, heroin epidemic, mexican cartels, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids, west virginia. 𑗉𑗉

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Senate panel advances sweeping opioids bill

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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. Tags: drug cartels, drugs, heroin, heroin epidemic, mexican cartels, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids, fentanyl. 𑗉

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Greg Abbott Promises National Guard Deployment Will Decrease Cartel Activity

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Pictured: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

ㅤ”‘The President of the United States has recognized this is a problem. He made a commitment when he ran for President and he’s been adamant that he wanted to do everything he can to secure the border,’ he said. ‘Texas wants to ensure that we secure the border.'”


Full story…at The Daily Caller, image from dailycaller(.com) – 4/9/18. Tags: drug cartels, drugs, heroin, heroin epidemic, mexican cartels, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids. 𑗉

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Drug overdoses rising as opioid crisis gets worse

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ㅤ”More Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016 than the number of Americans who died during the entirety of the Vietnam War, and nearly two-thirds of those deaths involved opioids.
ㅤA new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the number of opioid-related overdoses rose by nearly 28 percent between 2015 and 2016. In 2016, 63,632 Americans died of drug overdoses.
ㅤAbout two-thirds of those overdose deaths were caused by opioids, CDC said. A little under a third were caused by prescription opioids, a quarter by heroin, and about a third by synthetic opioids other than methadone — most of which were likely caused by fentanyl, an extremely potent synthetic opioid mostly manufactured in China.”

ㅤô¿ô …It matters not where the illegal drugs are manufactured. They come into the U.S. via our border with Mexico.


Full story at The Hill, image from thehill(.com) – 3/29/18. Tags: drug cartels, drugs, heroin, heroin epidemic, mexican cartels, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids. 𑗉

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Trump says opioid memorial to open outside the White House next month

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Full story at The Washington Times, image from marfeel(.com) – 3/27/18. Tags: drug cartels, drugs, heroin, heroin epidemic, mexican cartels, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids. 𑗉

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Trump opioid plan will include death penalty for drug dealers: report

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ㅤ”The report in Politico says that the Trump plan will call for the death penalty as an option when dealing and trafficking are ‘directly responsible for death’ in cases involving opioids.
ㅤThe plan is still being finalized but could be released as early as Monday.”


Full story at The Hill, image from west-ward(.com) – 3/15/18.ㅤTags: drug cartels, drugs, heroin, heroin epidemic, mexican cartels, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids.

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Trump calls for very strong penalties for drug dealers

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ㅤ”President Trump on Thursday called for being ‘very strong on penalties’ for drug dealers while speaking at a White House opioid summit.
ㅤThe President called for tough action against those who are dealing opioids. While he did not mention the death penalty specifically, Axios reported recently that the President has privately been calling for the death penalty for drug traffickers.
ㅤ’Some countries have a very, very tough penalty, the ultimate penalty,’ Trump said Thursday.
ㅤ’The answer is you have to have strength, and you have to have toughness,’ he added.”


Full story at The Hill, image from dailycaller(.com) – 3/1/18.ㅤTags: drug cartels, drugs, heroin, heroin epidemic, mexican cartels, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids.

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Opioid Crisis Cost The US $1 Trillion Since 2001, And It’s Getting Worse

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Pictured: prescription painkiller OxyContin

ㅤô¿ô …But we can’t afford $25 billion to build a border wall.


Full story at The Daily Caller, image from dailycaller(.com) – 2/13/18.ㅤTags: drug cartels, drugs, heroin, heroin epidemic, mexican cartels, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids.

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Trump threatens aid to countries that don’t stop drugs at the border

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ㅤ”‘These countries are not our friends,’ the President told the room of gathered officials. ‘You know, we think they’re our friends and we send them massive aid.’
ㅤ’I won’t mention names right now, but I look at these countries, I look at the numbers we send them — we send them massive aid and they’re pouring drugs into our country and they’re laughing at us,’ he continued. ‘So I’m not a believer in that. I want to stop the aid.'”


Full story at The Hill, image from thehill(.com) – 2/3/18.ㅤTags: drug cartels, drugs, heroin, heroin epidemic, mexican cartels, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids.

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Two Men Sentenced for Possession of Enough Fentanyl to Kill Everyone in NYC and New Jersey

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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.

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Trump administration announces opioid waivers for states

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ㅤ”The Utah waiver helps people who have an opioid addiction and are homeless or in prison or jail. It is expected to expand treatment to as many as 6,000 Utah residents.
ㅤUtah Gov. Gary Herbert praised the the President administration for allowing the state to address opioid abuse in the state’s homeless population.
ㅤ’I’ve always maintained the role of the federal government should be to provide states with the flexibility to be innovative in how they operate their Medicaid programs,’ he said. ‘Nobody knows how to address the unique challenges we face as a state better than we do.'”

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