Cartels Target Montana with Fentanyl
Fentanyl deaths continue to rise across the country. Cartels are now targeting Montana because of the potential for high profits.
From The Epoch Times. Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen told Fox News that the number of fentanyl deaths in the state has been drastically increasing since 2020 and that intelligence has shown that drug cartels from Mexico have been specifically targeting Montana to bolster their profits.
“Since 2020, our crime lab confirmed fentanyl deaths increased 1,100 percent,” Knudsen said on June 22.
“We do have specific cartel intelligence that they’re targeting Montana because they know they can make tremendous profit here selling a product that costs them next to nothing to make,” Knudson added.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid used to treat severe pain but it is also highly addictive….
Meanwhile, Dr. Robert Sherrick, the chief medical officer for Community Medical Services, which operates four opioid treatment centers in Montana and 46 others nationwide, told Fox that around 70 percent of the patients that visit his centers have an opioid-use disorder and test positive for fentanyl.
“If someone has a serious addiction to [an] opioid, whether it’s fentanyl or any other opioid, they really need to get into treatment. They need to get on medication,” Sherrick said, adding that individuals with a fentanyl addiction have a lower chance of successfully completing rehab compared to other opioids owing to fentanyl’s highly addictive nature….
The per capita rate of fentanyl deaths was highest in West Virginia in 2021, with 64.4 fentanyl deaths per 100,000 West Virginians, while Florida had the highest total number of fentanyl deaths in 2021, with 5,161.
That was followed closely by California with a total of 5,123 fentanyl deaths last year.
Fentanyl is now the number one cause of death for Americans aged 18 to 45, according to Families Against Fentanyl….
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(Excerpt from The Epoch Times. Photo Credit: Canva)
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