Responding to Nationwide Increase in Fentanyl-Related Mass-Overdose Events   [open pdf - 192KB]

From the Letter: "The DEA [U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration] is seeing a nationwide spike in fentanyl-related mass-overdose events involving three or more overdoses occurring close in time at the same location. In just the past two months, there have been at least 7 confirmed mass overdose events across the United States resulting in 58 overdoses and 29 overdose deaths. Many victims of these mass overdose events thought they were ingesting cocaine and had no idea that they ere in fact ingesting fentanyl. [...] Fentanyl is driving the nationwide overdose epidemic: the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] estimates that in the 12-month period ending in October 2021, over 105,000 Americans died of drug overdoses and over 66% of those deaths were related to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. Last year, the United Stats suffered more fentanyl-related deaths than gun-related and auto-related deaths combined. At DEA, we are working to trace mass-overdose events back to the local drug trafficking organizations and to the international cartels that are responsible for the surging domestic supply of fentanyl."

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