New York City’s worst public health crisis is mounting. No, not COVID, but fatal overdoses.
OD deaths are 78% higher than before the pandemic and claimed 1,233 lives in the first half of 2021, a 28% increase from the same period in 2020.
The city’s Department of Health blames fentanyl, as the vast majority of these deaths were related to it strong synthetic opioid, which is often used to cut other narcotics. More than a ton of fentanyl was seized nationwide in 2021 (95% of it in NYC); In 2020, the NYPD found that about 80% of all heroin it tested contained the drug.
Across the Empire State the heinous tolls of the drug more than 14,500 deaths since 2015.
So it’s good news that the city will provide funds from a massive state settlement with the pharmaceutical industry to opioid addiction and treatment centers, but it’s not enough.
Especially as long as our so-called safe injection sites remain open. Yes, users can test their medication for fentanyl and receive overdose medication if needed. But while they may save lives on the fringes, they will likely cost lives overall by helping perpetuate New York City’s lawless culture surrounding drug use, promoting and lowering addiction Life quality.
Fentanyl, to put it bluntly, is a National Problem that has been causing increasing deaths in the United States for almost a decade. In 2020, 29,000 Americans aged 15 to 34 died of drug overdoses. (By the way, that’s more than nine times as many as died from COVID in this age group during this period.) Overall Fentanyl-related deaths exceed that of prescription opioids by 550%.
Look at the teens and the picture gets even darker: OD mortality increased by 94% from 2019 to 2020 for drug users aged 14 to 18 and appears to have increased by another 20% in 2021. That is without a drastic increase in the total number number of young users, suggesting that it is the drugs that have become deadlier.
This poison flows in through our porous southern border via the trading efforts of Mexican cartels Chinese raw materials to synthesize the drug. Which puts the news that the Biden administration has hit another insane milestone — the fastest pace of border crossings in at least the past two decades, with more than 1 million since October — in a new, chilling light, since agents stop illegal migrants do not stop illegal drugs.
So also with the move of the President Title 42 Expulsions, and his planned cuts in the ranks of border guards.
Again, these are the exact ones not correct emotional. More, no less, border enforcement is required. That means keeping Title 42 in place and not cutting the CBP ranks. It also means pressure on Mexico to put its house in order (reactivating its recently defunct federal anti-drug elite unit would be a good start).
Without strong guidelines, there is no real solution. Unfortunately, the Biden White House lacks the political will to do the right thing. Which means that this epidemic is far more deadly for the young as COVID – will get worse here and across the country.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/23/new-yorks-drug-crisis-is-part-of-the-us-border-fiasco/ The drug crisis in New York is part of the US border fiasco