Fentanyl Scourge Destroying America

 

As we celebrate the founding of our country, China is using the Mexican drug cartels to destroy America. In its never-ending desire to achieve hegemony in the world over the U.S., the Chinese have found that they can benefit from the lax border policies of the Biden administration and the greed of the drug cartels to move closer to their goal. They are picking off Americans in an undeclared war using drugs coming across our southern border.

The chief weapon in this war is a drug called fentanyl. Fentanyl is roughly 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine. The legal uses of fentanyl are for pain relief in post-surgical patients, acute kidney stone attacks, and in some cancer patients who have grown tolerant to less powerful narcotics. In hospitals its use is restricted to areas where resuscitation equipment is immediately available such as emergency rooms and operating rooms. This is because fentanyl can easily shut down respiration leading to death.

Julie Wernau, writing in The Wall Street Journal, says the illicit form of fentanyl, a powder that is often mixed into other drugs, has overtaken the drug market in the U.S. It is often found mixed into heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, according to the CDC. The drug is also made into fabricated pills that are often indiscernible from commonly prescribed medications such as Percocet (also known as oxycodone), Xanax (the sedative alprazolam) or Adderall (an amphetamine). Drug manufacturers in Mexico also mix illicit fentanyl with other materials, such as baking soda, starch and sugar, to create a powder that can be smoked or dissolved into liquid and injected, a process called “cooking,” or fabricated pills purchased on the illicit market.

What makes fentanyl so deadly is its extreme lethality in such small quantities. One pill laced with fentanyl can be fatal. Many cases have been reported of first-time drug users who died after taking just one pill they thought was Percocet, but instead was fentanyl.

Parents are increasingly alarmed about the dangers of fentanyl as overdose deaths rise, even in homes of middle America and academically successful students. Two thirds of last year’s record number of drug-related deaths were linked to synthetic opioids, mostly fentanyl, according to the CDC (Drug Overdoses Out of Control). These deaths rose 23% from the prior year. The drug can be ordered easily on social media, delivered to your house like a pizza and not only mixed with heroin and cocaine but also pressed into counterfeit copies of Percocet, Adderall and Xanax, prescription pills that many young people are familiar with.

Betsy Morris writes in The Wall Street Journal that parents are pressing their schools, doctors, coaches and dance instructors to help warn and educate kids about the danger. They’re working to form peer-to-peer student programs that would train volunteers to inform, counsel, and possibly administer Naloxone, the antidote for opioid overdose.

There have been periods of increased drug abuse in the past, notably during the Vietnam War era or the Great Depression. But today’s drug abuse problem is different. It is affecting many more Americans than other eras due to the extreme lethality of fentanyl and its wide spread availability. The impact is on ordinary families, not just the homeless or chronic drug abusers. The Mexican drug cartels are getting rich and the Chinese Communist Party is slowly moving one step closer to world dominance, while the Biden administration border policies are an open door to the drug traffickers.

Vice President Kamala Harris was given the task of defining the “root causes” of illegal immigration. She need not look any farther than her own administration policies.

One comment

  1. Thanks for making the story of fentanyl easier to understand. I enjoy these studies you do. I continue to learn.

    Comment by Allen Higginbotham on July 4, 2022 at 9:02 am