Fentanyl seized in Washington in 2022 could kill 54% of population: DEA

Fentanyl seized in Washington in 2022 could kill 54% of population: DEA

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) seized more than 8.3 million potentially lethal doses of fentanyl in 2022, the DEA’s Washington Division reported.

The department, which includes the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, seized about 160,000 counterfeit fentanyl pills and more than 250 pounds of fentanyl powder during the year.

“Fentanyl is the most dangerous and deadly drug I’ve seen in my 20 years of law enforcement experience,” he said. I forgot Jarod, Special Agent of the Washington Division of the DEA.

The DEA agent in the US capital added that fentanyl “is a highly addictive drug and poisons our citizens regardless of age, race, location or socioeconomic status.”

It is extremely disturbing that the amount of fentanyl seized by our teams could have killed 54% of the residents of DC, Maryland and Virginia.

The Drug Enforcement Administration explained in its statement that the drug fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin.

Just two milligrams of fentanyl, the small amount that fits on the tip of a pencil, is considered a life-threatening dose.

The DEA added that the fake pills contain fentanyl and are available on social media. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdose and poisoning are already the leading causes of death for Americans ages 18 to 45.

Jarod Forget, head of the Washington DEA, blamed “the Mexican cartels,” namely the Sinaloa and Jalisco Nueva Generación cartels, which manufacture the drug using chemicals primarily sourced from China.

They are responsible for the vast majority of counterfeit meth and fentanyl pills that kill Americans.

The agent described these cartels as ruthless criminal organizations responsible for the mass production and supply of virtually all of the deadly fentanyl found in the area.

Last month, the DEA announced a total nationwide seizure of more than 50.6 million fentanyl pills and more than 10,500 pounds of fentanyl powder.

The DEA lab estimates that these amounts represent more than 379 million life-threatening doses of fentanyl, which is enough fentanyl to kill all Americans.

In 2021, the DEA issued a public safety alert about the widespread trade of fentanyl drugs in the form of counterfeit pills.

These pills look like real prescription drugs, including OxyContin®, Percocet®, and Xanax®, but they only contain fillers and fentanyl and are usually fatal.

Last November, the DEA warned the public about a sharp nationwide increase in deaths from fentanyl pills.

DEA lab tests in 2022 showed that six out of 10 pills contained a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl.

That’s an increase from 2021, when DEA lab tests showed four of the 10 pills tested contained a potentially lethal dose of the opioid.

Source: La Neta Neta