DEA Launches Fentanyl Awareness Day, Highlights China’s Role in Opioid Supply
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is marking May 10 as “National Fentanyl Awareness Day” in order to make more citizens aware of the life-threatening dangers posed by the synthetic opioid.
“Fentanyl is killing Americans at unprecedented rates,” DEA administrator Anne Milgram said in a May 9 press release. “On this first-ever National Fentanyl Awareness Day, please help save lives by making sure you talk with your friends and family about the dangers of this deadly drug.”
Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 107,000 people died of drug overdose in the 12-month period ending in November 2021, out of which 66 percent was accounted for by synthetic opioids like fentanyl.
Originally appeared on The Epoch Times