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What is scary about fentanyl and other opioids in America?

What is scary about fentanyl and other opioids in America?

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated.

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced it had foiled a plan to smuggle fentanyl—an opioid that’s 10 to 100 times more potent than heroin—into the U.S. in a delivery truck disguised as candy. The case, called “Operation Cross Country,” was a rescheduled version of the 2016 bust of an Ohio-based trucking company suspected of distributing the drug through the mail, which led to a drug-safety alert.

Fentanyl may be a decade-old drug now, but U.S. officials still worry that it will find its way to the U.S. once again. In 2016, the DEA put out an alert warning that the drug was being used on the streets of Chicago, and authorities say they are seeing a spike in overdose deaths—not just in Chicago, but in areas like Boston, Detroit and Philadelphia.

“It’s like someone is sending you a letter with a poisoned envelope,” says Mark Ruckelshaus, special agent in charge of the DEA’s Chicago division. “It’s not about fentanyl. It’s about a drug war that began long before fentanyl ever existed.”

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The drug trade isn’t without blame either. Much of the blame—though not all—for the spread of opioid use and addiction in America probably falls on Big Pharma’s marketing of the painkillers, which turned out to be heavily marketed in particular by the pharmaceutical companies Purdue Pharma and Insys Therapeutics, of which Insys is a subsidiary. The companies used deceptive marketing practices such as making unsubstantiated claims with regard to the drugs’ benefits for treating a variety of ailments, such as back pain, back pain, and anxiety. The companies also oversold the drugs by claiming that they were a safe substitute for prescription opioids. When it comes to the long-term consequences of opioids on America’s health

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