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.