Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration stated that it was able to seize enough deadly fentanyl so far this year to kill every United States citizen.
As part of a Tuesday press release, Officials with the DEA claimed that it had confiscated a massive 50.6 million fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills, along with well over 10,000 pounds of deadly fentanyl powder, with just two weeks left for the calendar year of 2022. The level of drugs confiscated amounts to well over 379 million lethal doses of fentanyl so far this year, more than enough to cause overdose-related deaths for each and every citizen within the United States. There are a total of 333 million people living in the United States, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.
“In the past year, the men and women of the DEA have relentlessly worked to seize over 379 million deadly doses of fentanyl from communities across the country,” explained Anne Milgram, the administrator of the DEA, in a release. “These seizures – enough deadly doses of fentanyl to kill every American – reflect DEA’s unwavering commitment to protect Americans and save lives, by tenaciously pursuing those responsible for the trafficking of fentanyl across the United States. DEA’s top operational priority is to defeat the two Mexican drug cartels—the Sinaloa and Jalisco (CJNG) Cartels—that are primarily responsible for the fentanyl that is killing Americans today.”
As stated in a press release, most of the fentanyl being trafficked into the country by the two primary cartels, the Jalisco and Sinaloa Cartels, is created in large volumes within secret Mexican factories using raw materials that had been exported out of China. The vast majority of the drug is normally compressed in the shape of common prescription drugs that are used illegally by the public — like OxyContin, Percocet, Xanax, and others. These fake pills are made up of just fentanyl cut with a filler, and quite often trigger overdoses. These deadly pills have been seen as readily and easily found on social media.
The press release from the DEA issued a warning to the public to only ever take medicine issued to them directly by a trusted doctor and given out by a government-licensed pharmacist.
As discovered in a string of lab tests carried out by the DEA, roughly sixty percent of the counterfeit pills that had been spiked with fentanyl sported a possibly lethal dose of the dangerous drug. This seems to be an increase from where it sat in 2021 when such tests only showed a forty percent level of deadly pills.