This morning I was looking at reports from CBN and AXIOS on this fight against fentanyl. Here us what I was looking at:
The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday night it’s stepping up efforts to combat fentanyl trafficking across the Southern border with the launch of a major new, multi-agency operation.
Driving the news: “Operation Blue Lotus” has already “stopped more than 900 pounds of fentanyl from coming into the United States in its first week,” per a DHS statement.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent.
From The FDA: Some drug dealers are mixing fentanyl with other drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA. This is because it takes very little to produce a high with fentanyl, making it a cheaper option. This is especially risky when people taking drugs don’t realize they might contain fentanyl as a cheap but dangerous additive. They might be taking stronger opioids than their bodies are used to and can be more likely to overdose. To learn more about the mixture of fentanyl into other drugs, visit the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Facts on fentanyl.