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CDC fentanyl stats: 2/3 of 100,000 drug overdose deaths in the US stem from synthetics

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Drug use deaths have hit an all-time high. The CDC reports more than 100,000 Americans died between May 2020 and April 2021. Sixty-four percent of those involved synthetic drugs like illegally produced fentanyl.

Pete Stout, head of the Houston Center for Forensic Science, told ABC13 that drugs containing fentanyl are here in Houston. They are looking for them more and more. Stout said it has seen a 14% increase in fentanyl detections this year, double what it saw in 2019.

“What we see here and across the country are pills,” says Dr. Stout. “The pills look exactly like Xanax. They look like other benzodiazepines, anxiety medications. They look like ‘norcos’ or ‘oxys’ or these legal preparations of pain relievers.”

Dr. Stout said he advises everyone to never use or buy drugs on the street. A small dose of fentanyl can be deadly.

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Luis Chaparro is a freelance journalist and producer. His travels, recorded on Instagram, take him deep into Mexico with the drug cartels. Chaparro said cannabis is no longer profitable for cartels. They are now focusing on making illegal drugs with fentanyl because the demand for stronger products is huge in the United States.

“They’re jumping into fentanyl,” says Chaparro. “That means they’re combining everything they can with fentanyl… Honestly, I don’t see it getting any better. The pandemic has made it so much worse. Everyone’s holding it. The problem of anxiety is exploding. People have really jumped on to using and abusing fentanyl.”

The CDC called for urgent action in its report, including expanding access to fentanyl test strips.

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