New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that fentanyl-related deaths in the United States have nearly doubled since 2019. The CDC data was compiled by the group Families Against Fentanyl and also reveals that the powerful opioid is now the leading killer of American adults ages 18-45, causing more deaths than suicide, COVID-19, and car accidents.
As reported by Fox News, “Between 2020 and 2021, nearly 79,000 people between 18 and 45 years old — 37,208 in 2020 and 41,587 in 2021 — died of fentanyl overdoses, the data analysis from opioid awareness organization Families Against Fentanyl shows.”
“This is a national emergency. America’s young adults — thousands of unsuspecting Americans — are being poisoned,” James Rauh, founder of Families Against Fentanyl, told Fox News. “It is widely known that illicit fentanyl is driving the massive spike in drug-related deaths. A new approach to this catastrophe is needed.”
“Bold action is needed to stop this trend! Almost all illicit fentanyl is made outside the U.S.,” FAF tweeted. “The U.S. needs the authority to root out the international manufacturers and traffickers of this dangerous chemical BEFORE it reaches our streets.”
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