The 12-year-old girl who ingested most of the pill was the youngest person to overdose and die in
2020 in Santa Clara County
, the district attorney’s office said in a 新闻发布
孩子, 谁不明, bought and consumed a pill with a label consistent with the painkiller oxycodone. She was declared dead after she was rushed to a hospital.
“After thousands of deaths, everyone should know that fentanyl is a deadly poison,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in the statement.
The 12-year-old, along with two teens, contacted the suspect on November 14, 2020, and bought an “M-30” pill, according to statement from the district attorney’s office.
“The group videoed her lining up the crushed pill for ingestion,” 声明说. 之后, the girl passed out and began snoring, which is a sign of fentanyl overdose, 声明说.
Fentanyl is a synthetic drug that can be up to
50 times stronger than heroin and
100 times stronger than morphine
, and it’s commonly used to resemble prescription drugs
, 根据 美国疾病控制和预防中心
. It is often added to other drugs by dealers
“because of its extreme potency
, which makes drugs cheaper
, more powerful
, more addictive
, and more dangerous
,” the CDC said
总体, opioids continue to be the driving cause of fatal drug overdoses in the United States
Last year saw a record high of drug overdose deaths, 超过 100,000 people dying from April 2020 到四月 2021, according to provisional data published in November by the CDC.
It was a 28.5% spike compared to the same period a year earlier and nearly doubling over the past five years.
Synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl, also caused nearly two-thirds of all drug overdose deaths in the same 12-month timeframe period, according to the data.
Prosecutors around the nation have signaled a greater willingness to bring the serious charge of murder against dealers who supply buyers with potent drugs that can easily kill.
“These dealers are essentially handing a loaded gun to unsuspecting victims knowing that they will probably die and they don’t care,” said Orange County California District Attorney Todd Spitzer late last year in announcing a more aggressive prosecution effort by his office.