The article traces Captagon’s transition from a prescription stimulant to an addictive drug addicting many in the Middle East. It further highlights historical parallels with wartime stimulant use and concludes by warning of the possibility of the drug’s spread across Europe.
In May 2023, a multinational effort by U.S. and European law enforcement officials led to nearly 300 drug traffickers being arrested in several countries and $53 million in contraband being seized.
A tidal wave of counterfeit pills that contain deadly fentanyl plus thousands more pounds of the drug threatens a continued high loss of American lives.
Reports from across America testify to the catastrophic effects of a new form of methamphetamine that is driving some people into mental institutions and others into homeless encampments.
California recently conducted a statewide crackdown on fentanyl, seizing over 28,000 pounds of the highly potent opioid in the past year, a nearly six-fold increase over the previous year. Given the exponential increase in the prevalence of fentanyl in the United States, family members of addicts must be warned of the dangers of fentanyl and encouraged to seek help for their loved ones as soon as possible.
One of the most significant risks of using drugs is the possibility that an addict will unknowingly use a completely different drug from what they were expecting. This risk has been particularly evident with the recent surge in fatal fentanyl overdoses.
Carfentanil has made the news from time to time over the past few years, but not usually in a way that sparks mass concern from authorities and communities. Sadly, the most recent headline on carfentanil suggests that traffickers are appropriating this drug for mass distribution. That’s definitely something to be concerned about.
How Indigenous Communities are Robbed of Their Land and Their Lives by Drug Trafficking and Addiction
Indigenous Americans in both North and South America spent much of the last 500 years subjected to land theft at the hands of settler-colonial powers. Today’s Indigenous communities face a similar existential crisis, this time in the form of land grabs by illegal drug cartels and a complicit pharmaceutical industry.
The changes of the last several years must be tracked and understood if we are to reverse the terrible losses imposed on our country by those who make and traffic in fentanyl.
A recent study revealed the scope of online drug sales, particularly as pertains to opioids. Unfortunately, this problem has gotten much worse than most experts initially believed.