The US Drug Enforcement Administration The DEA has seized 379 million potentially lethal doses of fentanyl“enough to kill all US citizens”, said the director of the organization, Anne Milgram, in a statement on Tuesday.
It is double the amount seized in 2021, when more than 100,000 people died in the country from overdoses, The Washington Post reports.
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Specifically, so far in 2022 the DEA has seized more than 4,500 kilograms of the drug, a synthetic opioid, similar to morphine but much more powerful, which is linked to the majority of opioid overdose deaths in the United States.
In his note this Tuesday, Milgram explained that the DEA’s “top priority” is to end the Mexican cartels of Jalisco and Sinaloa, the main people responsible for drug trafficking across the US border.
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According to the US National Institute on Drug Abuse, many dealers use fentanyl in the manufacture of other narcotics, since much less is needed to produce the feeling of being high, making the process cheaper.
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