Yesterday, The Drug Enforcement Administration recognized National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness day. The DEA joined the campaign to educate the public on the dangers of fentanyl poisoning from either fake pills or illicit drugs.
The organizations the DEA supports are the Alexander Neville Foundation, Blue Plaid Society, Facing Fentanyl, Voices for Awareness, V.O.I.D. and several others. The effort was to amplify nationwide awareness efforts to increase awareness of the highly addictive and dangerous drugs that contain fentanyl. Fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.
“Fentanyl is the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “From large cities to rural America, no community is safe from the presence of fentanyl. DEA is proud to work with families who have been affected by fentanyl poisonings to spread the word and to save lives.”
According to the CDC, an estimated 107,622 people in the United States died of drug overdoses and poisonings in 2021, with 67 percent of those deaths involving synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Only two milligrams of fentanyl is a potentially lethal dose.