Fentanyl ‘Has Totally Taken Over’ Opioid Business

Fentanyl has overwhelmed the drug underworld in the past year, says author Sam Quinones. Among increasing overdose victims in Ohio, the composite picture is predominantly a white male, never married, age 25 to 54, with a high school education or less.

Powerful drug cartels in the U.S., South America and China are being joined by domestic illegal drug producers who filter the poison to a dealer network that frequently ends with drugs changing hands in someone’s living room. At least 16,971 Ohioans died of drug overdoses from 2010 to 2016. The composite picture is predominantly a white male, never married, age 25 to 54, with a high school education or less, reports the Columbus Dispatch. The flow of illegal drugs has been changing recently in a dramatic way. The new king of the jungle is fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin that is being mixed with heroin, cocaine and even marijuana to hook users.

from https://thecrimereport.org