China Bans Fentanyl
The opioid epidemic has been an immense, ever-growing crisis sweeping across the nation for the past several years. In 2010, 17,094 individuals died from an opioid induced overdose. These numbers skyrocketed to 31,271 opioid overdose deaths in 2014. Opioid related deaths doubled in these three years, while heroin-related overdoses tripled, becoming the leading cause of drug-related deaths by 2012. Federal officials report someone in South Florida overdoses on opioids, heroin or a similar painkiller every two hours.
The opioid epidemic has become exacerbated further by the recent reemergence of fentanyl. Popularity of this synthetic opioid, up to 100 times more powerful than morphine, has risen at startling rates. Fentanyl-related deaths more than doubled in a single year, from 1,905 deaths in 2013 to 4,200 in 2014. The rise of fentanyl is due largely to it’s availability in online Chinese markets. The drug has been freely manufactured in China and has slipped by, unregulated, into our mailboxes. It is so easy to find that two 13-year-old boys in Utah overdosed on the lethal substance after ordering a supply online.
China has declared that as of March 1st, they will be banning the production of fentanyl and related compounds. By tackling the source of the problem overseas, officials are hopeful the drugs’ popularity will fall. The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s office lists 30 fentanyl deaths in 2015, and over 200 in 2016. This drug is a powerful, lethal weapon, and countless lives will be saved by China’s banning of production.
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