In 2021, there were 106,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States. More than 70,000 attributable to fentanyl. On December 20, 2022, the Drug Enforcement Administration reported that enough fentanyl was confiscated in 2022 to kill every single American. Nearly 400,000 fatal doses. Fentanyl deaths are predicted to rise. Dramatically.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin. Fentanyl chemicals are produced in China and often shipped to Mexico for production. Deadly drugs are pouring into America. Customers can buy fentanyl and have it delivered – through the mail – to their doorstep. 20% of Americans over the age of 12 have tried addictive narcotics. 11.7% of Americans over the age of 12 are regular users of illegal drugs. And – 70% of those who try drugs before the age of 13 will develop an addiction within 7 years.
Does America encourage the drug culture? Addiction? We have open borders. We are woke. Permissive. Police are criticized for police work. Our children consume a relentless diet of cinematic carnage. Notions of right and wrong are verboten in public schools. Drug use is casually legalized by some states and criminal usage goes unpunished. Homeless encampments see unbridled drug use. Felons are released to transgress again and again. Mental illness is rampant (53% of drug abusers) and not allowed to be treated. And contrary thoughts on these topics are demonized.
And we continue to do nothing. About addiction, dealers or cartels. According to the NCDAS, overall drug deaths are up 30% this year. So – you tell me. What’s the answer?