Thursday, April 6, 2017
Fentanyl is the New Heroin
The U.S. "Drug Czar" Richard Baum. recently sent a terrifying letter to Congress about fentanyl. That's the synthetic opioid that is increasingly being mixed with heroin, and causing numerous overdose deaths Louisville.
According to Baum's letter as covered by the Wall Street Journal, fentanyl is pouring into the U.S. from Mexico, Canada and even by mail from China.
Fentanyl is so powerful that just two milligrams will kill a person. It's 50 times more powerful than heroin. Federal officials seized 668 kilograms of fentanyl last year -- enough to kill every man, woman and child in our country.
Fentanyl is also appearing in counterfeit prescription pain pills that are sold as something less potent than fentanyl; the consumer thinks she's getting one thing and ends up with fentanyl instead, without knowing it. What a nightmare.