On Watch: Episode 14 - Corruption and the Increasing Opioid Epidemic
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Transcript: I’m Chris Farrell . . . and this is On Watch.
discussed how public corruption is fueled by the flow of Mexican drug
cartel heroin across our southern border. Be sure to go back and watch
earlier episodes of On Watch, specifically, our premier show and episode
3 to get up to speed on those subjects.
we’re going to talk about fentanyl. Fentanyl is a narcotic. A very
powerful synthetic opioid that’s properly used as a pain medication. It
works quickly and has a relatively short duration of action in the
body. Most often, it’s used to alleviate pain after surgery and with
late-stage cancer patients.
For the past few years, there has been increasing evidence of heroin
being cut with fentanyl. Additional analogs or permutations of fentanyl
– more powerful and deadly – have been appearing with increasing
frequency and variety. Perhaps most alarming, a lethal fentanyl dose is
only about 2 milligrams—that’s a very small amount.
Outlaw laboratories in China have been creating new, unregulated
variants of fentanyl, some of them even more potent than the original.
China’s chemical and pharmaceutical labs have few regulations and
operate with the cooperation of corrupt government officials. The
Chinese fentanyl variants make it easier for drug traffickers to elude
law enforcement and create new challenges for both public health and law
few days ago, I met with a toxicologist who works in the Coroner’s
Office for a major American city in the Mid-West. The toxicologist told
me that all of the heroin overdose deaths in that city involved heroin
cut with fentanyl or one of its variants.
is no longer just heroin. That's the disturbing trend over the past
few years. The toxicologist told me that a fentanyl analog called
carfentanil – elephant tranquilizer – was in every overdose death the
Coroner’s Office was currently investigating.
The magazine, Science, reports that Chinese internet sites advertising
fentanyl, carfentanil, and other variants, are labeled as "research
chemicals," and sold through the mail to the U.S. On one website,
carfentanil sold for $361 for 50 grams: tens of thousands of lethal
drug cartels continue to grow and harvest poppies, but now, like the
Chinese, they can also get their hands on precursor chemicals and create
fentanyl in their own labs. The direct threat to American lives and communities could not be any graver.
to the CDC, the U.S. consumes 85% of all the world's natural and
synthetic opiates. Opioid overdoses have quintupled since 1999.
Our decades-long “War on Drugs” has been a half-hearted cat-and-mouse game. We’re losing.
Vigorous prosecution of a TRUE war on drugs and ALL of the related public corruption attached to it must begin now.
I’m Chris Farrell . . . On Watch
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