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Fentanyl seizures in 2022 enough to kill every American

Confiscated fentanyl and meth in 2019 in Nogales, Ariz.
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During the past year, federal authorities seized more than 379 million potentially deadly doses of fentanyl – enough to kill every American – the Drug Enforcement Administration reported Tuesday.

The haul so far includes 10,000 pounds of fentanyl powder and 50.6 million fentanyl-laced pills disguised to resemble legitimate prescription medication, the agency reported, as officials have continued to spotlight the deadly drug threat that continues to ravage the country.

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The highly-addictive, manufactured opioid is 50 times more potent than heroin, and only a tiny amount – enough to rest on a pencil tip – can be fatal. More than 100,000 people died of drug overdoses last year, and two-thirds involved fentanyl. 

“DEA’s top operational priority is to defeat the two Mexican drug cartels – the Sinaloa and Jalisco (CJNG) Cartels – that are primarily responsible for the fentanyl that is killing Americans today,” agency Administrator Anne Milgram said.

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