I have witnessed a recent spike in the number of fentanyl cases. This is a deadly trend.
Opioid Addiction Crisis
America is in the middle of an opioid addiction crisis. Each year, over 90,000 people die from drug overdoses. That is 9 times the number killed by drunk drivers. And fentanyl is the driving force.
Fentanyl, The Most Powerful Opioid
Fentanyl is a very powerful synthetic opioid. It is 50-100 times more potent than pure morphine.
Just two milligrams a fentanyl is fatal. (There are 5,000 milligrams in a teaspoon.) A miniscule amount of fentanyl, enough to cover Lincoln’s nose on a copper penny, is deadly.
Pharmaceutical fentanyl is approved, but only for treating the most severe pain, like advanced cancer, or where other opioids are ineffective. Basically, it is a “last resort” drug.
Opioid Lookalike Pills Laced with Fentanyl
Fentanyl is now being laced in pills stamped to look like pharmaceutical-grade opioids, like Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, Percocet, Vicodin, etc. These adulterated lookalike pills are mass produced in communist China and by the Mexican drug cartels.
These pills are found in every state and major city. They can be purchased illegally over the Internet (DarkNet).
In 2021, federal law enforcement seized over 10 million counterfeit pills containing fentanyl, enough to kill over 700,000 people. In Riverside, police recently seized 21 kilograms, enough to kill 50 million people. (In 2019, a Salt Lake City man was arrested with possession of a whopping 500,000 counterfeit pills containing fentanyl.)
Fentanyl Laced Pills: The Cause of Accidental Overdoses
I have often wondered, “How can so many overdose deaths be ‘accidental?’” The reason is that people think they are taking a “safe” drug, but instead, they are unknowingly ingesting the deadly fentanyl. Of course, there is no such thing as a safe illegal drug!
In recent years, I have seen a big increase of fentanyl laced drug cases in the courts. Statewide, fentanyl deaths have jumped over 1,500 percent. In Orange County, fentanyl deaths from have “spiked” pills have increased 1,000 percent.
In my court, I now advise drug offenders:
“Fentanyl is a dangerous, life-threatening drug. Throughout the country, there are millions of counterfeit narcotic pills laced with fentanyl.
“Last year over 90,000 people died from overdoses, primarily because of fentanyl.
“If you furnish pills to someone that are laced with fentanyl, and they die as a result, you may be charged with murder.”
(I hope this advisement makes a difference.)
(Sources: “These are not overdoses. These are murders,” Daily Mail U.K, Nov 10, 2021; American Medical Association, Center for Disease Control, Department of Justice.)