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Border agents reported a 1,066% increase in fentanyl seized in south Texas last year - Erie News Now

Border agents reported a 1,066% increase in fentanyl seized in south Texas last year - Erie News Now
By Alaa Elassar, CNN

Pandemic might have made America's drug epidemic worse The US drug epidemic exploded while Americans were locked down during the coronavirus pandemic.The drug epidemic grew in tandem with the Covid-19 pandemic, which killed about 509,000 people in the same period.By Alaa Elassar, CNN US Customs and Border Protection reported a 1,066% increase in the amount of fentanyl seized in fiscal year 2021 in south Texas, the agency said this week in a press release." The CBP report covered drugs confiscated during the 2021 fiscal year from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

"Fentanyl is being mixed in with other illicit drugs to increase the potency of the drug, sold as powders and nasal sprays, and increasingly pressed into pills made to look like legitimate prescription opioids," the DEA's fentanyl report says."Because there is no official oversight or quality control, these counterfeit pills often contain lethal doses of fentanyl, with none of the promised drug," the report says.

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