Attorney General Sessions Announces New Indictments in International Fentanyl Case

This epidemic is being driven primarily by opioids – prescription painkillers or heroin.  However, the number one killer opioid is fentanyl.  Synthetic opioids like fentanyl killed 20,000 Americans in 2016.

Most fentanyl doesn’t come from here.  The vast majority is made in China and then shipped here either through the mail or brought across our porous Southern border.

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Brandon toddler, 15 months old, died from fentanyl poisoning, autopsy says

Her parents were later arrested on drug-related charges but no charges have been filed in the death. The autopsy results were released Feb. 21, four months after the death.

FentanylOverdose on the Rise


Pharmaceutical fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever, approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain. It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is prescribed in the form of transdermal patches or lozenges and can be diverted for misuse and abuse in the United States.


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Study shows more kids dying from fentanyl. Florida's attorney general offers a toolkit to help parents

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Over that period, fentanyl deaths among infants increased twice as fast as the tally for those of all ages. During the first year of life, fentanyl deaths quadrupled, they more than tripled among ages 1 to 4 and nearly quadrupled from ages 5 to 14.
The study showed that fentanyl continues to be the primary killer of ages 18 to 45. Also, nearly all U.S. fentanyl deaths are "unintentional poisonings."

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