Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. According to the DEA (US Drug Enforcement Agency), just two milligrams of fentanyl, which is equivalent to 10-15 grains of table salt, is “considered a lethal dose”.
According to the CDC (US Center for Disease Control and Prevention), 107,622 Americans are expected to die of drug overdose in 2021; And 66% of those deaths were related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl.
In recent days, a report by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in the state of California revealed that nearly 2,000 homeless people died due to fentanyl use between April 2020 and March 2021. This represents an increase of 56% over the previous year.
As if this were not enough, the same body revealed that overdose was the leading cause of death in this segment of the population with over 700 registered deaths.
The analysis also found that methamphetamine was the specific drug type implicated in the highest percentage of overdose deaths in the 12 months before and after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, accounting for nearly three-quarters of all deaths in both years. There was a contribution.
The same document detailed that fentanyl was the second leading cause of overdose deaths in both years, but its contribution increased from 27% of deaths in the year before the pandemic to 45% in the year after the pandemic. Gone. health crisis.
The DEA reiterated in a recent press release that “the men and women of the corporation are working tirelessly to stop the fentanyl trade and defeat the Mexican drug cartels that are responsible for the vast majority of this drug trafficking.” USA In “.