Drug Overdose Leading Cause of Death in US for Those Under 50

Breitbart News Network reports today that drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. Although it was not clear from the report which drugs were responsible for the deaths, the focus of the report was on a drug called Fentanyl. In a statement, US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said, “Fentanyl is especially dangerous. It is 40 to 50 times more deadly than heroin. Just two milligrams, a few grains of salt, an amount you could fit on the tip of your finger, can be lethal. Fentanyl exposure can injure or kill innocent law enforcement officers and first responders. Inhaling a few airborne particles can have dramatic effects.”

According to the report, Chuck Rosenberg, acting head of the Drug Enforcement Agency has spoken extensively with his Chinese counterparts in law enforcement, since China is the major source of Fentanyl that enters America. According to Rosenberg, the Chinese government banned 116 synthetic opioids for export and 4 more after his trip to China in March. Additional synthetics are scheduled to be banned as well.

Breitbart report found here.


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