The Rising Death Toll of Fentanyl

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It is estimated that up to 72,000 people are dying in America every year from drug abuse, and deaths are
increasing thanks to a new menace…Fentanyl.

  • Fentanyl was developed as a potent pain killer in patch form to treat severe chronic pain associated with cancer.
  • It is very potent; 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine or heroin. As little as two milligrams can kill you.
Two milligrams of fentanyl is a lethal dose for most people.

Fentanyl is a man-made drug that requires far less time and expense to produce than its plant-based counterpart, heroin made from poppies. Heroin requires vast expanses of land, manpower, time and capital to grow, transport, process, package and smuggle. Chemists can easily make fentanyl in small inexpensive labs and ship it out in regular envelopes.

Cheap production isn’t the only economic benefit suppliers have on their side. Fentanyl is said to produce a better high and is more addictive than heroin.

Deaths from Fentanyl Overdoses are Increasing Significantly

The Perfect Storm for Drug Deaths

When you have these factors present, it makes for a potential tragic disaster:

  • Low cost and ease of production.
  • Far greater potency than current products.
  • Low or no quality control.

This will invariably lead to more deaths.

Action Needed

More must be done to raise awareness of this menacing drug. Current and future users are playing Russian Roulette with their lives every time they use or handle fentanyl. Even casual contact can cause tragic results. We have had a national drug crisis for decades, but fentanyl could be the “Atomic Bomb” responsible for thousands upon thousands of needless deaths.


We must acknowledge that this is a national crisis that is getting worse every year. Fentanyl is the new, far more potent player in this field of death.

People must be made aware of its ability to kill. All it takes is two milligrams.