The fentanyl flooding the U.S. from China by way of Mexico is reaching previously unimaginable levels. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced this week that it has seized more than 10,000 pounds of powdered fentanyl and almost 51 million “fake prescription pills” containing the deadly drug so far in 2022.
The DEA says that is enough fentanyl to constitute over 379 million potentially fatal doses – more than enough to kill every single person in the U.S.
The press release describes the drug as “a highly addictive man-made opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin.” The DEA considers only two milligrams of fentanyl is needed to make up a lethal dose.
DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said in the statement that this year’s seizures “reflect DEA’s unwavering commitment to protect Americans and save lives by tenaciously pursuing those responsible for the trafficking of fentanyl across the United States.”
Milram added: “DEA’s top operational priority is to defeat the two Mexican drug cartels—the Sinaloa and Jalisco (CJNG) Cartels—that are primarily responsible for the fentanyl that is killing Americans today.”
The DEA statement also confirmed that most cartel-produced fentanyl is produced in factories hidden in Mexico using chemicals obtained by the Mexican crime syndicates from sources inside China.
The DEA also said that its laboratory has tested a substantial sample of the fake prescription fentanyl-laced pills it has seized this year. Of those tested, 60% contain potentially lethal amounts of fentanyl.
The number of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl seized by the DEA in 2022 is more than double the total number captured in 2021.
Fake prescription pills are intentionally designed to look like genuine prescription drugs. The DEA says that fentanyl pills are made to appear to be opioids, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and alprazolam. They can carry the same markings as authentic medications like Percocet, Vicodin, and Xanax. Some are made to look like prescription amphetamines like Adderall.
I'm telling you, there's going to be a fentanyl related terrorist attack at some point
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— The Skull King (@GathererSkull) December 22, 2022
The staggering amounts of fentanyl streaming across the open southern border made possible because of Joe Biden’s policies has many Americans concerned that terrorist organizations could be building up a domestic supply of the drug to conduct a mass attack inside the U.S.