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CBP has already seized enough fentanyl in 5 months to kill 249 million Americans

PortandTerminal.com, March 8, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – CBP officers and Border Patrol agents have seized nearly 1,100lbs of fentanyl nationwide in the first 5 months of the fiscal year, an increase of 12% compared to this time last year.

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Fentanyl is terrifyingly potent. It is a synthetic opioid, 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. 

Comparison of lethal doses of heroin vs fentanyl
Comparison of lethal doses of heroin vs fentanyl

Part of the drug’s popularity with the cartels who manufacture and smuggle it is its profitability and ease of manufacture. The DEA estimates that it costs between just $1,400 to $3,000 a kilo to produce. A kilo of fentanyl on the streets though would retail for over a million dollars they say.

A single 2-milligram dose of fentanyl (there are 453,592 milligrams in a pound) is lethal for most people, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The amount of fentanyl seized in the first 5 months of this year is, by the DEA’s calculations, is enough to kill 248,795,212 people.

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