China gifted the world with COVID-19, but another pandemic is looming – the fentanyl pandemic. Considering fresh data, hourly upticks, China’s statements, and Biden Administration’s failure to preempt rising fentanyl overdoses, 2023 may be a breakout year.
Unfortunately, after 108,000 overdose deaths in 2021, most opioids, a majority traceable to fentanyl, 2022 is on track for a similar number, and 2023 may represent a dark turning point.
What evidence exists that China is behind this surge? Why might 2023 be a breakout year – for fentanyl trafficking, abuse, addiction, overdoses, and related crime?
Nine factors make the case. Current fentanyl numbers, breaking news, poly-drug links, new distribution patterns, border policies, related crime, Biden’s disinterest, and China’s claims. Bluntly, China is full throttle behind this crisis.
Current fentanyl numbers. Putting fentanyl addiction and overdoses in perspective is hard. No drug more quickly takes the will, then life, than fentanyl. Very small quantities – a grain – can be dangerous. In 2021, 56,516 deaths were attributed to synthetic opioids other than methadone, chiefly fentanyl, but this is incomplete. Uncounted are suicides, accidents, and poly-drug deaths.
Beyond death, fentanyl use jumped 63 percent from 2015 to 2021, fentanyl inhalation 427 percent, injection use 42 percent. “Co-use” of fentanyl with meth rose by 669 percent, cocaine 374 percent, heroin 159 percent, and reports jumped of fentanyl-laced marijuana in high schools are up.
Breaking news. Snapshots are important, and you can take one now. Within the past hour – writing this column – stories popped on fentanyl as follows: (1) “US Seizes Enough Fentanyl in 2022 to Kill Every American” (BBC), (2) US Drug Agency Doubles Its Catch of Fentanyl-laced Pills in 2022” (New York Times), (3) “DEA Seizes 2000 Fentanyl Pills Hidden in Hollowed-out Dictionary” (CBS), (4) “Crime Prevention Group Targeting Snapchat Over fentanyl Sales” (KTLA), (5) “San Jose Dealer Accused of Selling Fentanyl …” (KRON), (6) “Fentanyl On Campus…” (Mercury News), (7) “Child Found Holding Bag of Fentanyl in Car…” (News & Observer), (8) “Former Fentanyl Addict Discusses Addiction…” (Fox), and the list goes on.
The point is that, in a phrase, fentanyl is everywhere – in every region, state, country, and city. News tied to fentanyl crimes, addiction, death, and the trail of grief it leaves is unending.
New distribution links. Unfortunately, fentanyl is like a MIRV-capable ICBM – an intercontinental missile that splits apart and just keeps falling. In this case, fentanyl came as one drug, split into hundreds, shows up as other drugs, candy, and food. Fentanyl on other drugs, candy, and food is commonplace – and deadly.
Border policies. Need we say anything here? Drug traffickers – especially trafficking Chinese fentanyl and fentanyl made from Chinese precursors shipped to Mexico – are having afield day. Biden’s border is a living nightmare, swarming with human and drug traffickers, fentanyl first.
Related crime. At 80 times more potent than morphine, fentanyl is deadly on its own – but when crimes committed to traffic and buy it are added, the drug is incalculably more dangerous. Some studies suggest 42 percent of homicides – at a record in many cities – are drug related.
Biden’s low priority. As foreboding as China’s undeclared war, via fentanyl, is the Biden Administration’s belief that words, gestures, silence, and serendipity will stop the fentanyl pandemic. Bloated “strategies,” useless “harm reduction” (“responsible use of drugs”), untargeted prevention, defunding police, legalizing gateways, and ignoring it do not work.
A global search for any on camera statement by Biden about fentanyl comes up empty. The official readout of his meeting with President Xi makes no mention of drugs. Biden has spoken more about Russia collusion, transgenders, and MAGA’s threat to America, than fentanyl.
To face the confrontation China is setting up – across all domains, not least fentanyl – as if there were no confrontation, no crisis, no reason to throw down, demand action, punish inaction is mindboggling. Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, and Bush 43 all saw the drug dangers clearly.
China’s latest declaration.
Perhaps the most convincing indication of a coming fentanyl pandemic in America, like the overhang of a runaway border crisis, is China’s own statements. As reported last week, they care nothing about cooperation on this issue – and claim no power to do anything to stop it, blaming US demand. The Biden response as been ineffective, unavailing, and hollow.
So here is a plan: Make this a priority, elevate the families and kids at risk – which are the whole country. If Biden can warn of a snow blizzard, then do an Oval office address about fentanyl – and turn the power of diplomacy, justice, education, and treatment on this problem. Now is the time, 2023 is the year, and there are no more excuses.
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And people actually believe Biden when he says there is no crisis. Who’s more deceived? Are Americans willing to stand up against anything anymore?
Biden (aka Obama) is “full throttle” behind the fentanyl crisis as well. And trying to get Biden to do anything at all about the problem is like talking to the wall. Maybe he and his fellow left wing radicals themselves are making money on the sale of fentanyl. The biggest threat to America today is the Biden Administration.
Indeed Fentanyl is a highly potent drug that causes respiratory arrest.
It is a fact that George Floyd jhad significant amounts of Fentanyl and methamphetam8nes in his body per autopsy.
The Dumbocrats choose to ignore this problem.
Catching covid was involuntary, you either got it or you didn’t, you survived or died. Fentanyl for the most part is self inflected, criminals sell it and people buy it. The government can’t or won’t keep illegals from entering the country. Sounds like the same policy for fentanyl.
Biden and the left don’t care how many die cuz of fentanyl! These leftist think there are too many humans on the planet increasing the carbon footprint that leftist’s green energy is supposed to stop! So if millions die of drug over doses then that helps the planet! The only thing leftist care about is how much of the resources they can use for themselves with the least number of human slaves to keep those resources coming for the Marxist elites!
Indeed Biden Harris and the left are busy tearing down Democracy.
If one is familar with the opium wars and the rationale that was behind them, then you will understand why China is doing what they are doing with fentanyl today. President Xi is merely reversing the use of a drug to gain a strategic, long-term advantage for China. President Xi is very serious about ensuring that China is the world’s preeminent superpower in his lifetime. That means China needs to weaken the United States, as well as the western powers in general to achieve that goal. Using fentanyl is but one of the many weapons China is employing to accomplish that goal.
Obvioulsy, I don’t expect to hear anything meaningful from Biden on the subject of curbing the amount of fentanyl coming into this country across either the southern border or any other points of entry. Empty speeches on the subject are of no real value and that is all Biden would provide. Certainly, I don’t expect to see any definitive actions taken to materially impact what is now a regular stream of the drug into the United States by this administration. That is NOT what this administration is about.
As for Congress, I have ZERO faith that McConnell wants to do anything about anything, but maintain “business as usual” on the Republican side in the Senate. He just demonstrated that fact last week with the omnibus bill. Schumer, as Senate Majority Leader, is going to do whatever the Biden administration wants. Which is nothing. That leaves McCarthy in the House. The biggest stick the House had was the power of the purse to try and force the Biden administration to change their disastrous policies. That stick was taken away for fiscal year 2023 by McConnell and the Democrats last week. So the House can do nothing but complain.
If this issue is to be handled effectively, then it is up the individual states to ALL declare an invasion and put the necessary resources in place at the southern border to halt this invasion in both drugs and people. Short of doing that, I don’t see this issue being materially improved over the next 2 years. In the meantime, more Americans will die from this poison from China. China hasn’t been held accountable for Covid so far and I don’t see any immediate prospect of China being held accountable for fentanyl either under this administration.
“Everything The Evil ????Godless Left Touches It Destroys” ????????????????
Just follow the money.
This sorry, feckless, and hypocritical administration has done more damage in two years than I can imagine. Pete Buttgiggle is pontificating that he will hold Southwest Airlines accountable for the Christmas holiday meltdown, but won’t lift a finger to stop fentanyl trafficking at the border.
Xi is laughing his butt off. I seriously doubt this will be fixed at the ballot box. The “Red States” need to form a coalition and work together to put the brakes on this administration and shut down the border. At this rate, China is going to eat our lunch without firing a shot.
LT Beale, Well said. Concur. What you know and see needs to flash red to members of Congress, or they – and we – will wake up up and aak “what happened?” Again, appreciate. V/R,
RBC (former LCDR, USNR)
Having grandkids this is one thing that is on my mind a lot. I am a retired nurse and had used fentanyl on cancer patients and we are very careful during their care. It is a useful drug when used properly. NOT for fun. Non of these drugs are for fun. China had studied us for years and are doing everything in their power to weaken and take us down. They want control and they will have if we do not stand up to them now. We must be careful who we are putting into power.
I agree with your solution, but our response can’t be limited to just the “Red States”. China is using fentanyl as a weapon. One of many weapons it is using against the United States and other western nations. If the Democrat leaders of the Blue States want to sit by and do nothing, as they people are dying from this poison, then let them. However the people of those states should still care enough about themselves and their families to realize they need to join in. If not, then those states are all already finished. They just don’t realize it yet. You don’t fight and win a war with only some people being involved in the fight. The Chinese don’t view Americans as Republicans or Democrats. They view us all as people that are standing in the way of China achieving its goal of world supremacy.