Sunday, March 13, 2022

a gift from pours borders

More than one ton of fentanyl was seized in the state of New York in 2021.

This, unsurprisingly, sets a new record for the amount of the synthetic opioid confiscated by law enforcement.

According to new data from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), 2,420 pounds of fentanyl in total were seized in New York, with 95 percent of the haul — around 2,300 pounds — coming from New York City, the New York Post reported.

This total represents a 206 percent increase over the previous record set in 2020 — 790 pounds.

Tim Foley, the acting special agent for the New York Division of the DEA, said, “Throughout my 30 years in law enforcement, I have never seen anything with greater killing power.”

Overdose deaths in New York City have been steadily rising each quarter since 2018, and they peaked in the first quarter of 2021 with 596 recorded overdoses. 

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