Writer: Fentanyl is leading cause of death among young adults

Published 12:42 pm Friday, December 9, 2022

To the Editor:
The Carter County Sheriff’s Office just reported that Carter Countians have died from fentanyl. Few people know the true leading causes of death for young adults. I read an article at website www.christianheadlines.com that is disturbing. “Fentanyl is the leading cause of death among American ages 18 to 45 over the last year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports.”
Suicide follows fentanyl overdoses on the list of the top highest causes of death for young adults. James Rauh, founder of Families Against Fentanyl, said, “This is a national emergency, America’s young adults, thousands of unsuspecting Americans are being poisoned.” Fentanyl has been added to and found in “nearly every type of street drug.” Fentanyl is driving the massive increase in drug-related deaths.
According to Families Against Fentanyl’s website at www.familiesagainstfentanyl.org, fentanyl is a “synthetic opioid that is 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin.” The drug was initially created to alleviate extreme pain. “A lethal dose of fentanyl is extremely small. It takes 30 mg of heroin to die, while just 2 mg of fentanyl could kill someone.” Federal authorities seized a record amount of drugs. Authorities confiscated 11,201 pounds of fentanyl from people attempting to cross the border in 2021. This is more than double the 4,791 pounds confiscated in 2020. The Drug Enforcement Administration said over 20 million counterfeit pills containing fentanyl have been seized. They have some fentanyl pills that look like candy. China made fentanyl because they want to kill our young people to take over America one day. This is another reason we need walls and better security of our borders!
I agree with Families Against Fentanyl who launched a petition urging the U.S. government to label illegal fentanyl as a Weapon of Mass Destruction, which would enable the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Department of Defense and other relevant federal agencies to better coordinate their efforts and immediately publish the necessary administrative directives to eliminate the threat posed by these deadly substances.” Parents need to warn their children and schools need to warn their students not to take any drugs because fentanyl could have been added to it and only one pill or one dose could kill them!
Every school should have someone trained to administer Naloxone if someone overdoses because it could save lives. Don’t let your children go on TikTok because it is owned by China and they encourage drug use and keep info on each person. Most of all in these dangerous last days parents need to pray for their children and make sure their children know that they love them and Jesus loves them!

D.D. Nave
Elizabethton

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