The DEA reports that these seizures totaled over 379 million doses of fentanyl, according to a DEA press release.
This was “enough deadly doses of fentanyl to kill every American,” according to DEA Administrator Anne Milgram.
These doses include over 50.6 million bootlegged prescription pills laced with fentanyl powder.
These bootlegged pills laced with fentanyl are primarily made in Mexican factories and sourced with Chinese chemicals.
The pills are usually “made to look identical to real prescription medications — including OxyContin®, Percocet®, and Xanax® — but only contain filler and fentanyl,” according to the DEA.
The drug is very dangerous. It is a highly addictive artificial opioid more powerful than heroine and “Just two milligrams of fentanyl, the small amount that fits on the tip of a pencil, is considered a potentially deadly dose.”
The drug is even more dangerous, because it is often confused with the medication it imitates and sold online, according to Axios.
Fentanyl is, accordingly, the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18 to 49, according to the Washington Post.
Indeed, it has been credited as a cause for the plummeting life expectancy of America.
The drug is especially dangerous for teenagers, according to Axios.
Children younger than teenagers have also been affected by the fentanyl epidemic. A toddler had to be revived from a fentanyl overdose this month.
Accordingly, the “DEA’s top operational priority is to defeat the two Mexican drug cartels — the Sinaloa and Jalisco (CJNG) Cartels — that are primarily responsible for the fentanyl that is killing Americans today,” Milgram said.
These seizures, and the wake of destruction that follows Mexican produced fentanyl, demonstrates the tragic reality President Trump described when he said of illegal immigrants, “They’re bringing drugs.”