The deadly opioids epidemic plaguing the USA, has contributed heavily to the one million+ overdose deaths the nation has suffered over the 20 years, but may get worse in 2023 with the arrival of new fentanyl substitutes and even deadlier hybrids.
The decreasing life expectancy danger comes from opioids laced with heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine, former DEA deputy chief of staff Jim Crotty has warned, citing fresh Centers for Disease Control data.
Three quarters of all drug overdose deaths in the USA since 2020 have involved an opioid, with fatalities involving the drug topping 108,000 in 2021.
The deaths contributed to America’s declining life expectancy, which the CDC warning in a recent report that life expectancy had dropped more between 2019 and 2021 than at any other time since 1923.
Crotty pointed out that the US Drug Enforcement Administration has recently determined that six in every ten fake fentanyl-laced prescription pills analyzed in 2022 contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl.
These figures are above the 2021 data-set, in which four in ten fake prescriptions contained a lethal dose, although one must take into the account that the so-called legal pharmacy industry is looking to try to wash their hands in this deadly overdose matter.
However, US authorities are also struggling to catch up with drug traffickers’ deadly resourcefulness in cooking up new varieties of narcotic substances.
One of them such as tranq dope – fentanyl mixed with the animal tranquilizer xylazine, known to cause severe breakouts of skin ulcers, and even result in users requiring their limbs to be amputated.
Isotonitazene and U-47700, two other synthetic opioids with effects similar to fentanyl, are also being pushed by dealers as a substitute to fentanyl proper, Crotty indicated.
Crotty characterized the opioids crisis as among the most destructive events in American history and perhaps the least understood, and urged authorities to permanently schedule fentanyl-linked substances under the Controlled Substances Act.
The USA must provide additional resources for prevention and treatment, such as methadone, naloxone and telehealth resources.
The drug expert also urged the federal government to do more to seize fentanyl coming into the USA via its porous border with Mexico.
The Drug Enforcement Administration said in a news release earlier this month that they had seized over 379 million potentially fatal doses of fentanyl in 2022, enough to kill every man woman and child in the United States.
The fentanyl-linked drugs crisis pummeling the USA has also contributed to the country’s worst drop in life expectancy in 100 years, according to CDC data.
The shocking discovery that the average life expectancy for Americans has dropped for the second consecutive year and is the lowest it has ever been since 1996. Since Covid-19 was first detected in 2019, life expectancy has fallen by 2.7 years as of last year.
Those born in the USA in 2021 are now expected to only live until they are 76.4 years old, which is down from a peak of 78.8 years in 2019. One in eight deaths for 2021 were caused by Covid-19, which is an increase from one in 10 deaths in 2020.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2022.