According to our Google Analytics about 87% of our readers are between 18-45. According to the latest report, fentanyl is now the leading cause of death for people between 18-45.
Don’t do fentanyl.
Between 2020 and 2021, nearly 79,000 people in that age group died from a fentanyl overdose. The total jumped from 37,208 in 2020 to 41,587 in 2021.
Comparatively, 53,000 people in the age group have died from COVID between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 15, 2021. Fentanyl overdoses are now also more deadly than suicide and car accidents for young adults.
“This is a national emergency. America’s young adults — thousands of unsuspecting Americans — are being poisoned,” James Rauh, founder of Families Against Fentanyl, said in a statement. “It is widely known that illicit fentanyl is driving the massive spike in drug-related deaths. A new approach to this catastrophe is needed.”
Fentanyl overdoses are not be a political topic, so don’t go there. It is simply a topic — a warning of sorts, which it’s not currently. Fentanyl is rapidly killing young Americans yet hardly makes the news.
The data is pretty somber, but it is important to spread it.
“Fentanyl has been found in all the drug supply. That’s why anyone using drugs, not just opioids, should carry naloxone,” Dr. Roneet Lev, emergency physician and former chief medical officer of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), said in a statement. “The only safe place to obtain drugs is the pharmacy.”
Overall drug overdose deaths are expected to surpass 100,000 in 2021, according to preliminary CDC data, representing a 28% increase between April 2020 and April 2021.
I am all for pretty much every drug… get high, go on trips, bury shrooms, hit the slopes… but please, do not do this one.
As former glizzy gobbler turned First Lady, Nancy Reagan, would say: Just Say No.