The U.S. Drug and Enforcement Agency (DEA) seized enough fentanyl in pill and powder form in the calendar year 2022 to kill every American. The total amount added up to over 379 million potentially lethal doses of the synthetic opioid.
That figure is over double what the agency seized in 2021 and more than enough to kill the U.S. population of 330 million.
This flies directly in the face of the Biden administration’s claims of a secure border with Mexico. Instead, what the U.S. faces is a deadly invasion of highly potent illegal drugs.
The DEA’s announcement noted that fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than heroin, and it takes as little as two milligrams of the drug to be fatal.
Federal authorities seized over 10,000 pounds of the deadly substance, as well as more than 50.6 million fentanyl pills designed to look like legal prescription painkillers.
Agency administrator Anne Milgram said in a press release that the seizures “reflect DEA’s unwavering commitment to protect Americans and save lives, by tenaciously pursuing those responsible for the trafficking of fentanyl.”
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She added that the DEA’s “top operational priority” is to shut down the Sinaloa and Jalisco Cartels, which she blamed for most of the fentanyl that is killing Americans.
The agency targets the cartels for the mass production of the dangerous drug, which is produced using chemicals mainly imported from China. Lab results in 2022 showed that as many as six out of 10 fake prescription pills with fentanyl in the U.S. had a potentially deadly dosage.
And in a startling revelation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that U.S. life expectancy fell in 2021 to a level not seen since 1996. A pair of health crises are blamed for the sharp decline.
One, of course, was COVID-19. But the other was a sharp rise in overdose deaths fueled by the fentanyl scourge. CDC figures show that over 106,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2021, which marked a 16% increase over 2020.
Moreover, deaths from synthetic opioids jumped over 20% last year after a 30% surge in 2020.
The Biden administration’s blind eye toward the border crisis directly coincides with the spike in U.S. fentanyl deaths. It is nothing short of criminal to allow lethal drugs to flow virtually unimpeded into the country.