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Synthetic Opioids Flooding Into US Via Postal Service

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  • Preliminary data suggests up to 65,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016. More than 202,600 people died from opioid overdoses between 2002 and 2015
  • Opioid abuse has been identified as a significant factor in rising unemployment. Data suggests chronic opioid use accounted for 20 percent of the increase in male unemployment between 1999 and 2015
  • Use of synthetic opioids like fentanyl is on the rise. Deadly overdoses involving fentanyl rose by 50 percent between 2013 and 2014, and another 72 percent between 2014 and 2015
  • With a potency nearly 1,000 percent greater than morphine, fentanyl is very easy to distribute via mail. Chinese drug sellers are exploiting the federal government’s inability to track and identify shipments of illicit drugs sent to the U.S. via international mail
  • According to a recent government report, more than 300 individuals based in the U.S. have received shipments from online vendors of fentanyl. The estimated street value is around $766 million

By Dr. Mercola

According to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50. Preliminary data for 2016 reveals the death toll from drug overdoses may be as high as 65,000, a 19 percent increase since the year before, and the largest annual increase of drug overdose deaths in U.S. history. Data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests over 202,600 Americans died from opioids between 2002 and 2015.


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