According to the CDC, 107,375 people in the United States died of drug overdoses and drug poisonings in the 12-month period ending in January 2022.
Fentanyl is infiltrating our communities through counterfeit pills, cocaine and any other street drug you can name. Anonymously sold through social media and delivered within minutes. It sometimes looks almost candy like, as in the photo above, which is appealing to children.
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The National WCTU aims to amplify nationwide efforts to increase awareness and decrease demand for fentanyl, which is a highly addictive synthetic opioid that continues to drive the overdose epidemic. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) observed August 21, 2022 as National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day.
“Fentanyl is the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered,” said Anne Milgram, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “Fentanyl is everywhere. From large metropolitan areas to rural America, no community is safe from this poison. We must take every opportunity to spread the word to prevent fentanyl-related overdose death and poisonings from claiming scores of American lives every day.”
· Fentanyl is highly addictive
· Found in all 50 states
· Drug traffickers are mixing it with other types of drugs - powder and pill form
· Drug traffickers drive addiction to attract repeat buyers
In an effort to save lives, the WCTU is proud to join with the DEA and many health, non-profit, and law enforcement organizations in recognizing National Fentanyl Awareness Day. This day is an effort to educate individuals around the dangerous threat that fentanyl poses to the safety, health, and national security of the American people.
According to the CDC, 107,375 people in the United States died of drug overdoses and drug poisonings in the 12-month period ending in January 2022. A staggering 67 percent of those deaths involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Some of these deaths were attributed to fentanyl mixed with other illicit drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin, with many users unaware they were actually taking fentanyl. Only two milligrams of fentanyl is considered a potentially lethal dose; it’s particularly dangerous for someone who does not have a tolerance to opioids.