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Feds: Opioids crisis in 2017 more deadlier than global terrorism

August 19, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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Drug overdoses, primarily caused by opioids such as fentanyl and heroin, killed 72,287 people in the U.S. last year–proving to be deadlier than terrorist attacks across the globe during the same period.

A federal government-affiliated report published by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) revealed that roughly 10,900 worldwide terrorist attacks primarily executed by Islamic State jihadis killed 26,400 people in 2017.

The terror-related fatalities are roughly one third the number of lethal drug overdoses in the U.S. during the same period, according to Breitbart Texas.

Preliminary data collected by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that opioids alone–primarily synthetic fentanyl–killed more people (approximately 49,000) than terrorist attacks across the globe in 2017.

The continuing opioid epidemic engulfing the U.S. continued to fuel the historic number of deadly drug overdoses last year.

On Wednesday, the CDC estimated that 72,287 deaths were linked to overdoses in 2017, an increase of over 10% from the historical figure (63,632) the year prior.

On average, drugs killed closed to 200 people per day last year.

CDC officials learned that the more than 72,000 killed by drugs last year set a new record fueled mainly by the opioid epidemic.

Opioids–both heroin and fentanyl—are again responsible for the vast majority of overdose deaths (49,060) so far in 2018, surpassing the number of similar fatalities last year.

Authorities in the United States have learned that China is the primary source of fentanyl being imported into the country.

Most illegal drugs in the U.S., such as heroin and cocaine, are reportedly smuggled illegally from Latin America across the U.S.-Mexico Border.

In its most recent National Drug Threat Assessment, the DEA deemed Mexican Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) to be “the greatest criminal threat to the U.S.”

“No other group is positioned to challenge them,” it continued. “These TCOs maintain influence over large regions in Mexico used for the cultivation, production, and transportation of illicit drugs.”

Afghanistan, which is the world’s leading supplier of opium and heroin, has also added to the increasing epidemic in the United States, according to a recent Politico investigation.

President Donald Trump has declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency but stopped short last year of declaring a state of emergency that would’ve provided states with funding from the federal Disaster Relief Fund.

In the fiscal year 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services spent $900 million in opioid-specific efforts, some of which paid for support and recovery services and training emergency personnel.

Trump has also established a presidential council to address the problem.

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