Chances are you’ve heard about the opioid crisis that’s ravaging the United States. And it’s likely that the drug, ‘Fentanyl’ was part of what you heard. And if you had any doubt about the lethal properties of this powerful painkiller, then read on.
In a disturbing report coming out of Chico, California, we learn that a “mass casualty” fentanyl overdose has changed the lives of more than a dozen people.
Multiple news outlets are reporting that at least one person is dead and another 12 are hospitalized, some in serious condition, after a “mass overdose” on Saturday involving the potent opioid.
“Nine of the people who overdosed were still hospitalized at Enloe Medical Center as of Sunday, according to the institution. Two were in serious condition, reported NBC News.
“Responding officers had administered CPR and six doses of opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone at the scene,” O’Brien said.
The fact that this incident took place in California adds to the alarm of authorities. Fentanyl is most common in the Eastern and Midwestern U.S., where the opioid epidemic is most concentrated. But Saturday’s tragic occurrence proves that the drug has made its way westward.
“Fentanyl was concentrated in eastern states when it first came to the attention of law enforcement and public health authorities, but now western states are also seeing its effects.
“We were waiting, and have been waiting, unfortunately, for this to happen in the sense that we knew fentanyl had been moving west,”
Chico Police Chief Michael O’Brien told NBC News, “We were waiting, and have been waiting, unfortunately, for this to happen in the sense that we knew fentanyl had been moving west,” Chico Police Chief Michael O’Brien said according to NBC News.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid potent enough to kill an adult male with just two milligrams or land someone in the hospital if a fan so much as blows it on them.
Fentanyl use has skyrocketed in recent years, and part of the reason may be economics. Illicit fentanyl is often made in Mexico or China and cut into supplies of heroin or cocaine as it is stronger and cheaper than both of those substances.
“Fentanyl is now the drug most often responsible for drug overdose deaths. And, sadly, Americans are more likely to die from an overdose than a car accident.”
President Trump has been very vocal about the fact that one of the main reasons he is insisting upon a border wall is to dissuade the rapidly increasing influx of illegal drugs flooding our country via the Southern border of the U.S. Every delay in securing our border could mean more deaths from this potent killer.
“Another person dead and 12 hospitalized today in California from Fentanyl overdose. Nancy and Cuck don’t care. Their politics are more important. They are amoral and immoral. They could be preventing deaths but instead, are ignoring the problem. They are a disgrace.”
Please join us in praying for those affected by this weekend's tragic event - and for all those caught in the grips of the insidious captor known as drug addiction.