DEA Administrator Sheds Light on Opioid Crisis

DEA Administrator Sheds Light on Opioid Crisis

(HorizonPost.com) – While the world’s focus has been on COVID-19 since the beginning of 2020, another crisis continues to loom right under the surface. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), opioid abuse is still causing an emergent situation across America, leading to over 100,000 deaths in 2021. On December 19, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram stated during an interview that cartels in Mexico are mass-producing pills laced with fentanyl and passing them off as other medications to bring them into the US.

The fake pills are advertised online as medications like oxycodone, Percocet, hydrocodone, and Adderall. Three of the drugs are for pain while the other treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD.) Milgram estimates four out of every 10 pills may contain a lethal dose of fentanyl and said the DEA confiscated a shocking 15,000 pounds of the deadly drug in 2021 alone.

Unfortunately, drug traffickers reportedly are taking advantage of social media to push their drugs to unsuspecting Americans who are possibly looking to either manage their pain and disorders without a doctor, or feed an opioid addiction. She said platforms “need to do more” to crack down on easy drug distribution. Until they do, it will likely be difficult for authorities to keep them out of willing hands.

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