Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Cartel Narco Cocktails that Kill

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Vanguardia

''Narco cocktails'' causes wave of deaths; cartels mixing fentanyl with cocaine, heroin and marijuana:

The opioid crisis that is crossing  the United States is even lowering the life expectancy data. Some 72,000 people died in 2017 from fentanyl in the United States , a substance about 50 times more powerful than heroin , and which is being added to almost all drugs that are marketed in that country without consumers knowing they are consuming something that can lead them to death .

The opioid crisis that the United States is going through is even lowering life expectancy. It is the devastating effect of the more widespread use of drugs such as fentanyl , which doctors prescribe for postoperative pain relief. It is 50 times more powerful than heroin. And between 50 and 100 times more powerful than morphine.
News Telemundo Investigates documented how this opioid mixes with other drugs without consumers knowing:

The information from Grace Gonzalez details that this drug is lethal because drug traffickers are adding it to all other drugs. Traces of fentanyl in heroin, marijuana and cocaine have been found in a DEA laboratory .

"There are people who are buying cocaine on the streets and what they are consuming is cocaine with fentanyl that is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and that is not used for humans it is a veterinary drug," said Agnes Winokur, associate director of DEA laboratory.

In 2017, 72 thousand people died from fentanyl, 9.5 percent more than in 2016, which meant 200 deaths per day. A figure that also reflects an increase of more than 6 thousand deaths, almost 10%, according to a preliminary report with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States.

The epidemic has even reached the family of Robert Redfield , director of the Center for Disease Control, which monitors the extent of this drug. His 37-year-old son almost died because he did not know that the cocaine he was consuming contained fentanyl.

Fentanyl and its analogues are relatively inexpensive and easy to obtain. They are purchased online and received comfortably by mail.

"We have people who are not only buying cocaine here locally but they are importing some of these synthetic substances from China and they are encapsulating them locally here, and they are selling them as mysterious pills," said Ernesto Garay , agent of the DEA.

President Donald Trump last week asked the United States Senate to act urgently to implement a law that will contain the amount of fentanyl that arrives by mail from China, according to Trump and the DEA.

"Unfortunately, many of these drugs are being hidden in candy to attract young people," Winokur warned. People genuinely do not know what they are consuming, it can be anything. What does not change is that many of them end in deaths, " added Garay.

Increased Deaths by Overdose:

According to data from the CDC, 72,287 people died in 2017 from an overdose of drugs, of which 49,060 were opioids in general.

The increase in deaths during the year 2017 has been dominated by the high rates of cases of overdose by synthetic opiates, such as fentanyl, which totaled 29, 418, about 9,000 more than the previous year and well above the second drug that more deaths have been generated, heroin, which registered 15, 950 cases.

West Virginia, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland are the top-ranked areas where more deaths from overdoses have been recorded , while Nebraska has the lowest percentages, while Massachusetts and Vermont have seen significant declines, according to the CDC study.

The report released last week sees the light in a context of opioid crisis in the United States, where more than four million people are addicted to prescription painkillers - of which 250,000 are adolescents - and the overdose has been become the most common cause of violent death, above traffic accidents or weapons, according to the DEA.

Massive Overdose in Connecticut

In past weeks, a contaminated lot of synthetic marijuana caused 76 overdose victims in New Haven Connecticut, near Yale University, where authorities were trying on Thursday to determine the exact cause of the disorders.

Some victims tested positive for the powerful opioid fentanyl, but apparently all or almost all of the overdoses were due to a batch of "K2," a synthetic marijuana, said emergency physician Kathryn Hawk of the Yale-New Haven hospital, where several victims they received treatment.

People in and around the historic park of New Haven began to get sick shortly after 8 a.m. on Wednesday, August 15 and overdoses continued until Thursday, the 16th in the morning.

The symptoms were varied. Some victims fainted, others vomited and others only felt nauseous or lethargic, authorities said.