Border agents reported a 1,066% increase in fentanyl seized in south Texas last year

US Customs and Border Protection reported a 1,066% increase in the amount of fentanyl seized in fiscal year 2021 in south Texas, the agency said this week in a persverklaring.

Agents at eight ports from Brownsville to Del Rio seized 87,652 pounds of narcotics, insluitend 588 pounds of fentanyl, a painkiller, CBP said in the release.
The street value of the drugswhich also included marijuana, kokaïen, metamfetamien, and heroinis believed to be $ 786 miljoen, CBP said.
      Fentanyl, die deadliest drug in die Verenigde State, is 50 times more powerful than heroin and is extremely cheap to produce, Volgens die Drug Enforcement Agency.
        Frequently, people buy other drugs not knowing they are laced with fentanyl. Just a quarter of a milligram is enough to kill a person.
          The US government has seized enough fentanyl this year to give every American a lethal dose, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said at a November White House press briefing. She called the overdose epidemic in the USa national crisis” daardie “knows no geographical boundaries, and it continues to get worse.
          The CBP report covered drugs confiscated during the 2021 fiscal year from October 1, 2020, tot September 30, 2021.

          Pandemic might have made America’s drug epidemic worse

          The US drug epidemic exploded while Americans were locked down during the coronavirus pandemic.
          From May 2020 through April 2021, meer as 100,000 people died from drug overdoses in the US, Volgens the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s a new recorda near-30% rise from a year earlier and a near doubling over the past five years. Synthetic opioids like fentanyl — 50-100 times more potent than morphineaccounted for the bulk of those deaths, rondom 64,000.
          The drug epidemic grew in tandem with the Covid-19 pandemic, which killed about 509,000 people in the same period.
          In a crisis of this magnitude, those already taking drugs may take higher amounts and those in recovery may relapse. It’s a phenomenon we’ve seen and perhaps could have predicted,” Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, aan CNN gesê in an earlier report.
          Increasing use of the synthetic drug caught the attention of experts before Covid-19 hit, but the pandemic may have exacerbated the problem, Volkow says.
          With international travel limited, synthetics that are easier to manufacture and more concentrated were also more efficiently smuggled, het sy bygevoeg.
          Chemicals used to make the drug are often shipped from China to the US or Mexico. Cartels in Mexico smuggle the drugs into the US. The drug can be mailed in shipments of less than a kilogram.
          While a Chinese government crackdown on fentanyl has slowed this method, India is another bron.
          Fentanyl is being mixed in with other illicit drugs to increase the potency of the drug, sold as powders and nasal sprays, and increasingly pressed into pills made to look like legitimate prescription opioids,” the DEA’s fentanyl report says.
          Because there is no official oversight or quality control, these counterfeit pills often contain lethal doses of fentanyl, with none of the promised drug,” lui die verslag.
            The Biden administration put $ 4 miljard from the Covid-19 relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan, toward combating overdose deaths, including expanding services for substance use disorder and mental health.
            Biden told reporters in November his administration is alsoworking to make health coverage more accessible and affordable for all Americans, so that more people who need care can get it.

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