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The New Killers In The Opioid Crisis


Hayden Daniel Deputy & Opinion Editor
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Fentanyl, which is much more powerful than traditional opiates like morphine and heroin, has become the flagship opiate of the growing opioid crisis in the United States. Its offshoots, most notably carfentanyl, are in some instances hundreds of times more powerful than their parent drug and threaten to become the biggest killers in the opioid epidemic.

While fentanyl first entered the national stage as an import from China, brought in through parcels in the mail, the Mexican drug cartels have reclaimed their dominance over the American illicit drug market and are now the number one producers and distributors of synthetic opioids.