Children Under 14 Dying At Fastest Rate From Fentanyl Poisoning

A recent report found that fentanyl poisoning kills children less than age 14 at a more rapid rate than other age groups in the U.S. Data published by the nonprofit Families Against Fentanyl suggested that children are being exposed to fentanyl — a deadly opioid — and ingest it by accident.

The study shows that infant fentanyl deaths increased twice as fast between 2019 and 2021. While death from fentanyl poisoning across the country doubled between 2019 and 2021, there was a 300% fatality increase in children under age one.

Fentanyl deaths among toddlers between the ages of 1 and 4 increased by more than 200%, while fatality in children ages 5 to 14 increased by almost 300%.

Looking at the record from 2015, FAF says fentanyl deaths have increased by almost 1000% among infants. For children ages one to 15, the fatality increased by more than 1400%.

FOF founder Jim Rauh leveraged the data reveal to launch an effective attack against the deadly opioid. “Families Against Fentanyl is calling for the Biden administration to declare fentanyl a weapon of mass destruction and immediately establish a White House task force dedicated to the fentanyl crisis,” Rauh said.

Rauf, who reportedly founded FAF after he lost his son to fentanyl poisoning, added that Americans deserve to be let in on the steps the government is taking to “save lives” and “uncover and stop the international manufacturers and traffickers of illicit fentanyl.”

The FAF data comes amid pressure on President Joe Biden to take a more proactive stance against the drugs dubbed “the number one killer” of America’s youths. The influx of drugs into the country is credited mainly to the administration’s border policy, with the highest increase in fatality recorded in border states Texas, New Mexico, and California.

Earlier in the month, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody asked Biden to push the Mexican government to prevent the transfer of fentanyl into the U.S.

Moody also expressed concerns that the Biden administration is not invested in the pressing issue as she pointed out that Biden didn’t appear to bring up the “deluge of illicit fentanyl” flooding into the U.S. in his meetings with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.