“In my career, I thought I would never see anything worse than methamphetamines, which has been horrible scourge on our population, but this is taking it to a new level. It [is] truly a poison.”
Sheriff Rand Henderson of Montgomery County, TX, told Fox & Friends that fentanyl is nothing like he has ever seen in his career.
Officials have shown rainbow-colored fentanyl, making it look like candy, regularly coming across our border and cartels using the regular drug routes.
NEW: Two days in a row, CBP agents at the port of entry in Nogales, AZ seized colored fentanyl pills from smugglers w/ a “candy like” appearance.
Today: 15,000 pills
Yesterday: 250,000 pills
CBP says could be the start of a new trend w/ cartels targeting younger users. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/Qri07B5jDO
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) August 18, 2022
Two milligrams of fentanyl is deadly.
“It’s a poison that’s being introduced to our country. I mean, the illicit manufacture of this stuff has just gotten crazy with the potency of it. The deception by the drug dealers to mix it in to the pressed pills, trying to sell it as a legal drug that’s a prescription medication.
“It only takes 2 milligrams of this stuff to kill you. We’re finding twice, sometimes three time the amount of fentanyl in a pill that is not supposed to contain any fentanyl.
“Believe it or not, drug dealers will lie to you. These manufacturers are not professionals. There is no quality control standard. And it is truly a weapon of mass destruction that’s killing our population.”
“In my career, I thought I would never see anything worse than methamphetamines, which has been horrible scourge on our population, but this is taking it to a new level. It [is] truly a poison.
“Which is what our Governor Greg Abbott is looking to do, is to label this not only as a narcotic but as a poison. So manufacturing, delivery with intent or resulting in injury or death is already a felony crime in Texas.
“So we are hoping to add it as a poison and move it up a step by our Texas Legislature.”
The DEA classified fentanyl “as the deadliest drug threat facing our country.” The rainbow fentanyl can make it more enticing to children:
Brightly-colored fentanyl is being seized in multiple forms, including pills, powder, and blocks that resembles sidewalk chalk. Despite claims that certain colors may be more potent than others, there is no indication through DEA’s laboratory testing that this is the case. Every color, shape, and size of fentanyl should be considered extremely dangerous.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Just two milligrams of fentanyl, which is equal to 10-15 grains of table salt, is considered a lethal dose. Without laboratory testing, there is no way to know how much fentanyl is concentrated in a pill or powder.
Fentanyl remains the deadliest drug threat facing this country. According to the CDC, 107,622 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2021, with 66 percent of those deaths related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Drug poisonings are the leading killer of Americans between the ages of 18 and 45. Fentanyl available in the United States is primarily supplied by two criminal drug networks, the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).
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