In 2017, the US Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency, often referred to as the opioid crisis. This crisis, which addresses the significantly imbalanced ratio of prescription drugs to the patient population, often overshadows the illicit side of this public emergency. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, which straddles the licit and illicit drug trade. Known for its extreme potency, fentanyl’s recent emergence into drug markets is taking the place of popular illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine.
In today’s episode, we discuss the danger fentanyl poses to users, its supply chain, and its potential impact to the illegal drug trade.
Take a look at some of our favorite articles that we came across while researching this topic:
- In Cities Where It Once Reigned, Heroin Is Disappearing, New York Times, Abby Goodnough
- Deadly Chinese Fentanyl Is Creating a New Era of Drug Kingpins, Bloomberg, Esmé E Deprez, Li Hui and Ken Wills
- Deadly Fentanyl Bought Online From China Being Shipped Through the Mail, CBS – 60 Minutes, Scott Pelley