Washington - Investigators have broken up widely ramified drug trafficking ring with large-scale raid in several US states. During the three-day mission, 30 kilograms of fentanyl were seized, among other things. According to statement from the US Department of Justice, the amount of pain reliever would have been enough "to kill more than 14 million people."
Fentanyl is believed to be 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin and 50 to 100 times stronger than Morphine. Addiction to opioids like fentanyl and oxycontin is huge problem in the US. West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky are particularly hard hit. In the past five years alone, there have been more than 200,000 deaths from overdoses.
In some cities there is quarter dependent on the population and therefore unable to work or look after the family. The crisis affects all age groups and social classes. Because of the opioid crisis, for which the US Congress provided six billion dollars over two years to fight, President Donald Trump declared national health emergency in 2017.
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The drug commissioner of the federal government, Marlene Mortler (CSU), warned in April of the possible growing dangers of fentanyl painkillers, which are used in anesthesia. In this country, these are mostly "diverted" to nursing homes or clinics. The number of cases in Germany, however, compared to the crisis in the USA is much lower.