America's Fentanyl Crisis "Is Surging, With No End In Sight"

Tyler Durden's picture

Having surpassed gun homicides for the first time in 2015, the epidemic of heroin and opioid related deaths in the US continues to grow. Amid the dismal failure of the 'war on drugs', it seems US lawmakers are finally waking up to reality, and are pressing the nation’s drug czar for more data on the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl, including how it is trafficked and how many people it has killed, in the latest effort to thwart a spiraling drug crisis.

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that nearly 5,000 more people died from opioids in 2015 than in 2014. Both heroin and opioid use have exploded in the US, after decades of doctors over-prescribing painkillers in the 1990s and 2000s. A report from the CDC released Thursday found that the drug problem has become so deadly that heroin deaths outnumbered gun fatalities last year for the first time in US history. Until 2007, gun deaths outnumbered heroin deaths five to one, according to the Washington Post. But 2015 saw 12,989 people die from heroin and 12,979 die from gun homicides.

And now, as The Wall Street Journal reports, America's politicians are finally spotting a problem with this trend. Last week, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators filed a measure, the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act, that seeks to curb shipments of synthetic drugs such as fentanyl by tightening U.S. postal system requirements for packages coming from other countries.

“The national opioid crisis is being compounded by the re-emergence of illicit fentanyl and its analogues, which are synthetic opioids far more potent than morphine or heroin,” said Mario Moreno Zepeda, a spokesman for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. “Given the urgency of the opioid overdose epidemic, we will reply to the Committee’s inquiries promptly.”

 

The four-page letter from the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, signed by bipartisan committee leaders and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, calls the fentanyl crisis a top oversight priority. Addressed to Kemp Chester, acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and sent Thursday, the letter includes 15 questions such as how much fentanyl comes into the U.S. through the mail and how many counterfeit fentanyl pills authorities have seized.

 

“On top of opioid overprescribing and heroin overdoses, we believe the United States is now facing another deadly wave: fentanyl,” said Tim Murphy, (R, Penn.) and Diana DeGette (D., Colo), chairman and ranking member of the subcommittee on oversight and investigations, in a statement. “We are urgently seeking answers to determine whether the federal government recognizes the unique threat of fentanyl.”

Fentanyl has emerged as the chief drug threat in many parts of the country. Authorities believe it is pouring into the U.S. from China, sometimes with a stop in Mexico. The drug appeals to traffickers because it is made only with chemicals, and not the poppy plants needed for heroin, making it cheap and easy to produce.

 

The synthetic narcotic is also extremely potent, potentially 50 times the strength of heroin, ratcheting up the risks for users. Some take it unexpectedly because dealers may mix it into the heroin supply, or press it into fake versions of prescription pain pills that are supposed to contain a much less powerful narcotic.

 

Fentanyl played a major role in driving opioid deaths in the U.S. up nearly 16% to 33,091 in 2015, according to the most recent federal data, and hard-hit states have reported even more grim statistics for 2016.

An Energy and Commerce aide said the fentanyl crisis “is surging, with no end in sight,” and that it is more than a footnote to the nation’s heroin problem.

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hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

The CIA is not going to like the competition with its Afghani heroin.

Look at that American-enabled growth of the largest opium crop in the world! 

Try to ignore 2001, when the Taliban were in control, along with the epidemic of heroin abuse in the USA.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-24/nobody-ready-willing-or-able-as...

Enceladus's picture

And yet the Pentagram could Agent Orange an entire jungle in Vietnam. 

Poppies Poppies will make them sleep 

El Vaquero's picture
Carfentanil is another one coming in.  It is 10,000 times more potent than morphine.  People going into scenes where it is being handled are needing narcan because they accidentally breath in minute amounts of it.  The war on drugs has pushed to more compact forms of drugs.  They're easier to smuggle.  
therealestg9's picture

Carfentanil is primarily used as an anasthetic agent for large animals, such as elephants, according to Wikipedia. Why anyone thinks it's remotely a good idea to shoot up that stuff is beyond me...

jeff montanye's picture

much of your link is true, if off topic rather wildly (this is one area where zionism per se doesn't seem to rule, but i may be wrong; seems more like the cia has this business).

however it is certainly a manmade problem, like zionism or the banksters.  portugal decriminalized all drugs and now no one dies of drugs in portugal: 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/06/05/why-hardly-anyone...

their technique is a little too nanny state for me and from the look of it, the u.s. is going the route of recreational legalization which will get to the real problem drugs, speed, coke, heroin, hydrocodone, etc. too late imo.

so work portugal's technique at the hard end and norml at the soft.  

please mr. president, solve the easy ones at least.  why keep shooting ourselves in the foot and our neighbors to the south in more vital parts?

Stuck on Zero's picture

Sufentanil, the anesthetic, is one of the most potent artificial opiods ever discovered. Parts per billion can relieve pain. Therefore, a bottle of pure sufentanil could make the whole US population happy. 

Chris Dakota's picture

Nobody should even want to do this stuff.

America culturally destroyed by JEWS, cultural Marxism all our lives.

Divorce, drinking, anything goes, feminism, sexual revolution, smoke this joint.

Traditional values destroyed by JEWS.

Look into any of these movements and there they are front and center!

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Great! A nation totally populated by the cheerful, walking dead. Something to strive for...as long as there are a few bucks to be made.

Giant Meteor's picture

Unless you're an elephant.

/ But seriously, sad stuff, especially if you're a friend or familiy member to someone with that particular problem.

As far as the junkies. addicts .. its not like they are unaware. They don't care. 

The living dead comes to mind.

Lore's picture

Coverage of Fentanyl Deaths.....................HYPE-O-RAMA!

VACCINATION DEATHS.....................................CRICKETS.

AtATrESICI's picture

This is a grass root PR campaign for opioid type drugs. It is like the JUST SAY KNOW for the 201Xs. Moreover junkies on the street chase the dope that is killing folks. Oh shit, where's it at? The masters require more money NOW.

Manthong's picture

Well the good news is that this shit is a primary ingredient in the drug of the ISIS terrorist’s choice…

Heroin on steroids.. Captagon.

Thank you, Bushes and the CIA for the great market you restored in Afghanistan.

 

Does anybody think those suicide bombers and terror shooters go meet their satanic maker in an organic, balanced state of mind?

Get a grip.

 

..and oh.. the liberals and the democrap government/ Po-Lice in the big Hillary cities do not want you to know the toxicology of the maggots doing all of the killings.

 

 

new game's picture

a form of natural selection. weak minds deserve this death. sorry for brutal reality. i'm just tired of the money game behind it all.

a fuking game, like war, a racket...

CNONC's picture

Captagon is phenethylline, an amphtemine.  Its use by soldiers in the Arab world is similair to the use of Pervitin (methamphetimine) by the Germans in WW2.  Opioids would not be advised for those going into combat. 

Bwana's picture

You are spot on. The terrorists in the Philippine Insurrection were full of drugs when they would make their suicide runs at American officers. They also attacked with tourniquets on their arms and legs to allow more time before they bled out. My son said many times they would go into the places where the insurgents had come from and find drugs any syringes they used to shoot up just prior to attacking.

yovatti's picture

That's because fentanyl death are real, and vaccination deaths are 99.9% the delusions of whack jobs.

 

Lore's picture

Another newcomer to the psychopathic rabbit hole.

GoldLion's picture

Even Trump knows Autism is linked to Vaccinations.

Gnostech's picture

you obviously haven't lost any friends or family to opiod abuse

Lore's picture

Huh? Where did that come from? I've probably spent more time around addicts than you have. My post was about perceived media selectivity. I can give other examples if it'll comfort you.

new game's picture

chiming in, i am an addict. 30 years later i can say fuck-em.much  less than half recover and lead normal lives. it is the family that suffers the most, because they hang on and suffer with these fuks. best i can say is wait til they figure out they need to help themselves. until then cut all ties and move on for your own mental health....or start going to alanon, and hang in there til the bitter end. it will be bitter, because they have lost their will to live. seen it first hand. wish/think/ then reality.

ebworthen's picture

Wait...you want to kill yourself with opioids? 

Good!  Just make sure you have the will/living will.

Troy Ounce's picture

 

 

Hey Wall street! 

Profits to be made with organ harvesting from 20 year old comatose US males, living right next to the receiver.

Aanndd! Dyncorp does not have to fly all the way to Haiti to collect the organs. Cut out the middle man.

You're welcome!

Uncertain T's picture

Thanks!  To round out the operation drug dealers can just 'self-identify' as 'undocumented pharmacists' to keep the organ business moving like a well oiled machine. 

Lore's picture

Huh?  I don't understand the context of your post. There's probably no-one on the planet with less interest in this shit than me.

logicalman's picture

Might be good to have a little fentanyl on hand for the day you've had enough.

Watching my parents suffering dementia for years makes me want to avoid that road.

I'd rather go out on my terms than have my existence dictated by someone else.

 

americanreality's picture

"A prison becomes a home if you have the key."

Can't remember who said it.

AtATrESICI's picture

Next it is W-1 to W-32 all still legal in the US. W-18 is 100 times stronger than fentanyl. Make some more laws and more compounds will be found...On and on it will go. The troubles of the humans can not be fixed with laws...Freedom of choice even if the choice is death by drugs. People require REAL freedom to be happy.

amadeus39's picture

"Real freedom" is addictive and is an oxymoron as well. Too much freedom leads to chaos and chaos is not a happy state except maybe for nihilists. Freedom is not real. It is a figment of our imagination.

 

AtATrESICI's picture

Beings in the environment were surely constrained by the said, now a detachment from the natural world has given rise to constraints that are cultural while hiding the ties to the environment. True freedom from our environment is not real but freedom from the government's laws is very real and a return to a more primal state.

jeff montanye's picture

true.  many of the problems of drug use/abuse are from the prohibition laws. 

but not all.  

some people would rather anesthetize than analyze or synthesize.

 

shovelhead's picture

To be honest, I'd rather pay my property tax than be chased by a grizzly bear.

Probably because I have a game leg and can mail my taxes.

CNONC's picture

That's not exactly a revelation.  Try reading Rosseau.  He covered the subject well, delineating a distinction between "freedom" and "liberty."  Liberty requires the rule of law.  Rosseau goes off the rails when he posits and argues, unconvincingky, for a "social compact" derived from a collective "general will."  But, the trite observation that real freedom does not exist is well covered. 

kochevnik's picture

Actually, more freedom begets more evolution.  You write from the perspective of a weed

Capt Kirk's picture

Apparently, its use is epidemic in Melbourne, AU

perikleous's picture

Yet the US cannot find a humane way to complete a "death sentence" in US prisons..... Electric chairs/hanging/firing squads were ok in there time, but a forced OD is inhumane.... I would prefer to go that way if I had a choice!

Barney Fife's picture

120 or so hostages died during the Moscow Theater Hostage Crisis from the stuff. Russians pumped in int through the building's HVAC to disable the terrorists and theyy breathed it in. It's that deadly. 

NoPension's picture

Not a very good business model. You don't want to kill your customers.

kochevnik's picture

But good business harvesting their organs for $millions

FreddieX's picture

Air America:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Politics_of_Heroin_in_Southeast_Asia
This was no secret at the time.

Official from the USG:
https://www.oig.justice.gov/special/9712/

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/25/pers-f25.html
"What is behind the shocking and tragic growth in drug overdoses?

The drug epidemic has been concentrated in former coal mining regions such as Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee, along with so-called “rust-belt” states such as Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania. These areas of the country have been hardest hit by decades of deindustrialization, mass layoffs and wage-cutting, beginning in the late 1970s and continuing ever since.
Age-adjusted drug overdose death rates by state- United States - 2015

Industrial and mining towns in these states have been turned into wastelands, littered with the rusting hulks of factories that once employed thousands of people. In places like Pontiac, Michigan; Akron, Ohio; and Huntington, West Virginia decent-paying jobs are scarce, while schools and community centers have been closed by the dozens.
"

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Just a part of the puzzle.  For a more complete picture, read the 10 planks of the Communist Party, and the "forged" Protocols of Zion.

Wulfkind's picture

Guess it pays more than moonshine.

Gen. Ripper's picture

The Kanawha Valley of WV is junkie ground zero. Even if there were high paying jobs - no employees would be found. It's a catastrophe.

perikleous's picture

wait, isn't that what happened in the 1930s prohibition?

People dying from alchohol poisoning due to higher Alc % to make it easier to smuggle!

I think the murder rate skyrocketed (civilians/police) to keep the smuggling going on..

NY was one of the few places that didn't enforce these laws (portugal/drugs) and they were not affected the same way...

You would think govt would learn from there mistakes (what  is the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result)

Wait, maybe they are doing this prohibition/drug war for financial gain?

They could easily glyphosate the poppy fields in Afghanistan, problem solved, right? unless they are actually in Afghanistan for the poppies!

A barrel of oil is $50, whats a barrel of Heroin worth?

 

logicalman's picture

When the US military was in Vietnam. Laus & Cambodia, most of the heroin came from Vietnam. Laus & Cambodia.

Now the US military is in Afghanistan.

Hmmm.......

Steeley's picture

Trust me, tactical herbicides are a slow painful train-ride to the great beyond. Thank God for fentanyl when the time comes, although opium is fine if nothing else.