Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Fentanyl now the largest drug threat to the United States - 44 will die every day

New statistics from the DEA show fentanyl is the largest drug threat to the United States, and causes the death of 44 people every day. Drug overdoses from opioids have reached epidemic levels, accounting for more deaths in the U.S than homicides, suicides, vehicle crashes and guns.

Fentanyl figured in 417 fatal drug overdoses in New Jersey in 2015, nearly three times the number of fentanyl-related deaths in the year before, according to new state figures. The rise in deaths is largely due to fentanyl-laced heroin. The numbers for 2016 are expected to be much worse with 72 percent of the drug deaths involved fentanyl.
Nationally in the US overdose deaths more than tripled between 2010 and 2014.

In Calgary 4 children between ages four to fourteen were orphaned after one of them discovering their mother and father’s lifeless bodies Saturday morning. Crews responded to Glengrove Close S.W. after a call to 911. The couple had been battling fentanyl addiction.

Calgary teen Anthony Hampton suffered significant brain damage after trying what he thought was OxyContin for the first time.