Fentanyl took the lives of 64,000 Americans last year, and just 2 milligrams is considered to be a deadly dose. DEA administrator Anne Milgram joins The Doctors to share why fentanyl is such an epidemic in the United States and what the DEA is doing to try and combat it.
And we know from our dea lab that right now, 2 and so it is heartbreaking to me to see what’s happening 5 is a really important part of getting folks to understand 7 just the danger and the harm that’s out there today. 8 that would almost fit on the tip of a pen or a pencil. 15 and so that tiny amount is potentially killing people. 16 every single day in the united states
Of america 17 are selling these fake pills and they contain fentanyl. 19 related to social media that we took down 21 back to the mexican cartels that are killing americans 25 because of the high doses of fentanyl that they contain. 26 it only takes such a small amount to be a deadly dose, 29 and what they want is to sell as many pills, 35 it sells at a much higher price in
The united states. 38 is that what they want are more and more customers. 40 fentanyl, as you said, is 50 times more potent than heroin. 41 it is, i think, one of the most addictive substances 42 and so what we know is that the dealers will stop at nothing 45 to get fentanyl into people’s drugs, into their hands. 46 and they’re looking at basically making more money. 48 and
So that’s why we see them flooding social media. 53 where methamphetamine used to be on the west coast; 56 fentanyl and heroin used to mostly be on the east coast. 59 it’s now in all 50 states and also on the west coast, 60 and that’s because of the relentless effort to expand 61 i see the people that survive, fortunately, 67 we’ll literally pull a tube out of their mouth
69 or they’ll say, “doc, i thought i was taking a percocet. 75 a lot of people don’t even realize what they’re taking 79
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Just 2 Milligrams of Fentanyl Is a Lethal Dose By The Doctors