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Massive fentanyl seizure deserves scrutiny

September 04, 2019 - 00:00
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Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin. Perfect statistics aren’t kept regarding overdose deaths of non-prescribed opiods, but fentanyl availability spiked in 2013 with much now coming from China through Mexico. This drug killed (along with other synthetic opiods) more than 28,400 in just 2017, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. But far more have died since then. In October 2017, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. Ever since, the Trump Administration has applied an all-of-government approach to the epidemic, taking an extraordinary range of actions reflecting the president’s commitment to solving the crisis. So why’s this ...

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