Opioid watchers say new deadly drug cocktails of fentanyl and stalks are causing a fourth wave of ‘mass deaths’ across the United States, as voters accuse the Biden administration of neglecting the crisis.
Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago predict that a “fourth wave” of opioid-related deaths will ravage cities and rural areas across the United States, worsening a problem that has already claimed the lives of some 500,000 people over the past few years. last two decades.
The study comes as police across the United States discover new, deadlier versions of the pills and the Biden administration faces criticism for slowing down during a crisis and failing to secure the southern border. against traffickers.
Lori Post, co-author of the report, said she was “sounding the alarm” on Thursday because already high rates of overdose deaths were rising further due to opioid cocktails and next-generation tops.
“Not only is the death rate from an opioid at an all-time high, but the acceleration in that death rate signals explosive exponential growth that is even greater than an already historic high,” Post said.
Chicago-based researchers say new deadly fentanyl and stem drug cocktails are spurring a fourth wave of ‘mass deaths’ across the US
Pennsylvania police transport Narcan to treat opiate addicts, but the drugs that quickly reverse overdoses don’t work on the potent new combinations of fentanyl and rods hitting the streets
His study of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data from 2019 and 2020 showed a ‘fourth wave’ of opioid-related deaths in cities, suburbs, towns and rural areas that was ‘worse than it looks’ has never been before” and would result in “mass death,” she said.
The opioid epidemic shifted from prescription painkillers like Percocet and Oxycodone in the early 2000s to heroin, then in the mid-2010s to fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller about 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine , says the report.
The United States is entering a “fourth wave”, he adds, with drug addicts currently overdosing on deadly cocktails of carfentanil – another synthetic opioid itself about 100 times more potent than fentanyl – mixed with cocaine and methamphetamines.
These cocktails are so potent that even quick-acting overdose drugs like naloxone don’t work.
Colorado police last week announced the discovery of strong opioids marketed under the street name “Pyro”. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office said the light blue pills were marked with the letter “M” and the number 30.
Utah Highway Patrol troopers arrested a 21-year-old driver on Tuesday after discovering a holdall filled with 190 pounds of similar blue M-30 fentanyl pills worth $1.7 million, along with cocaine and methamphetamine, according to St George News.
Oregon health officials said this month that drug overdose deaths more than doubled between 2019 and 2021, largely due to the misuse of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, and asked emergency supplies of the rescue medication naloxone.
Celebrities like rapper Eminem have recounted their battles with prescription painkillers. Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a cocktail drug overdose in 2014; two years later, legendary performer Prince died of a fentanyl overdose
Senator Susan Collins said this week that the overdose epidemic in her state of Maine was the “worst it has ever been”, with a 9% increase to more than 9,500 deaths last year, of which more than three quarters due to fentanyl.
‘What we’re doing isn’t working,’ Collins said, as she lashed out at the Biden administration for an open-door policy that left border patrols to manage immigrant flows rather than fight immigrants. drug traffickers.
“Our failure to secure the southern border is negatively impacting and directly contributing to our failure to stop the flow of drugs into this country,” the Republican told a health panel in Washington.
Collins says that at least a tenth of drug overdoses were among older people. She and Democratic Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland introduced a bill to address the challenges Medicare beneficiaries face when seeking treatment for drug addiction.
She echoed the concerns of many Americans, who say by a four-to-one margin that America’s opioid drug problem is getting worse, not better, and that President Joe Biden is doing enough to stop it. according to Rasmussen Reports pollsters.
White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre recently said the administration was using technology to step up the fight against cross-border criminal gangs and “deadly opioid traffickers on the dark web.”
Biden spoke with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Thursday about tensions over Taiwan. He was under pressure to increase the smuggling of fentanyl from China, which was partly responsible for the number of overdose deaths in the United States rising to 107,000 last year.
Opioid prescriptions have dropped about 40% over the past decade due to restrictions imposed by hospitals, insurers and state authorities. But drug-related deaths remain between 13,000 and 14,000 a year.
Studies show that people who become addicted to opioids continue to start with prescription opioids, before progressing to cheaper heroin and illegally manufactured fentanyl, and then to more lethal next-generation drug cocktails.
Celebrities like rapper Eminem have recounted their battles with prescription painkillers. Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a cocktail drug overdose in 2014; two years later, legendary performer Prince died of a fentanyl overdose.
A heroin user on the street in New York. The opioid epidemic grew from prescription painkillers like Percocet and Oxycodone in the early 2000s to heroin and then in the mid-2010s to fentanyl, a synthetic painkiller about 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
Fake oxycodone pills containing fentanyl collected during a survey in Utah. Police recently discovered powerful blue-colored opioid pills marketed under the street name ‘Pyro’