Pick up a newspaper these days, turn on a newscast, or watch news reports on the internet or any other source, and you’re destined to get the latest updates on Florida’s hurricane recovery efforts, ups and downs. stock market lows, events involving the Jan. 6 investigation, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the abortion issue, as well as developments on the NFL front, Major League Baseball and the start of the NHL season.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday evening, news broke of the decision by oil-exporting OPEC+ countries to cut production sharply to support lower oil prices.
The action was described by the Associated Press as a move that could “deal another blow to the struggling global economy and raise politically sensitive pump prices for American drivers just before key national elections.”
According to the AP, energy ministers have cut production two million barrels a day more than expected from next month, opening up many avenues of blame in the country’s political gallery.
But there are other important news that the people of this country need to know and think about seriously, especially the drug problem that continues to undermine the national fabric.
The Wall Street Journal devoted part of its front page Oct. 1-2 and an entire inside page to the opioid fentanyl, which the Journal says is driving overdose deaths to a record high.
It is absurd for anyone living in the Southern Alleghenies region to think that the fentanyl problem is everywhere else but not here. The region would benefit from a detailed report on the infiltration of fentanyl in the six counties of this region – Blair, Cambria, Bedford, Somerset, Huntingdon and Fulton – and on the overdoses and deaths, to date, emanating from this substance. powerful.
A good question people here should be asking is how many fentanyl-related pre-trial arrests, convictions, and guilty pleas have occurred in the last x years, collectively and by year. Statistics on an issue as important as this should not be lost among all the other important news of the day.
Consider these important points contained in the Journal article:
– Although opioid prescriptions in the United States outside of hospitals fell about 44% in the eight years to 2020, opioid overdose deaths nearly tripled in that time and rose again in 2021. Preliminary federal data for 2021 indicates that approximately 82,000 lives were lost.
– According to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the proportion of counterfeit pills seized in the United States containing a potentially fatal dose of fentanyl rose from 10% in 2017 to 44% in 2021. Last April, the DEA issued a warning to the services law enforcement officials across the country of an increase in massive fentanyl-related overdoses involving three or more overdoses at around the same time and place.
Fentanyl, a powerful legal drug, is prescribed for cancer patients and others with severe pain. Law enforcement officials point out that drug dealers often sell powdered drugs that they claim to be heroin or cocaine, but which actually contain an illicit form of fentanyl.
The situation has evolved into one where illicit drugs have become more deadly than ever due to the ubiquity of fentanyl.
Indeed, many troubling topics dominate the news, but the fentanyl issue should not be omitted from the list.
Word “crisis” remains a correct categorization for this.