Fentanyl: it’s cheap, it’s powerful and worst of all it’s deadly. The synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin was originally used in medical settings for terminally ill patients. With the rising popularity of opioids, fentanyl has made its way onto the illicit drug market and has been making a killing ever since, both figuratively and literally.
A recent study conducted by the National Safety Council came up with some alarming numbers. The number of preventable injuries and deaths in The United States for 2017 were analyzed and showed that the odds of a United States citizen dying from a drug overdose are higher than the odds of dying from a car accident.
In 1996 a drug was released that would change the world; by 2001 it became the best selling narcotic painkiller in the country. Twenty-two years later we are now experiencing the worst drug crisis this country has ever faced.