fentanyl begins to rival heroin as #2 usa killer

4-5-16   When it comes to the illegal sale of fentanyl, most of the attention has focused on Mexican cartels that are adding the drug to heroin smuggled into the United States.  But Chinese suppliers are providing both raw fentanyl and the machinery necessary for the assembly-line production of the drug powering a terrifying and rapid rise of fatal overdoses across the United States and Canada, according to drug investigators and court documents….

The China connection is allowing local drug dealers in North America to mass produce fentanyl in pill form, in some cases producing tablets that look identical to an oft-abused version of the prescription painkiller OxyContin.  It also has been added to Xanax pills. And last week, fentanyl pills made to resemble the painkiller hydrocodone were blamed for a wave of overdoses in the Sacramento area, including nine deaths.

People who unknowingly take fentanyl–either in pill form or when cut into heroin–can easily overdose because it is up to 100 times more potent than morphine and many times that of heroin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It works quickly, and multiple doses of the antidote naloxone are often required to reverse an overdose.  US health and law enforcement officials began warning of a spike in fentanyl deaths last year, a trend that has continued into this year.  Fentanyl has surpassed heroin as a killer in several locales. …

In British Columbia, police took down a lab at a custom car business that was allegedly shipping 100,000 fentanyl pills a month to nearby Calgary, Alberta where 90 people overdosed on the drug last year.  In Edmonton, Alberta, police inspector Dwayne Lakusta said fentanyl and pill presses are coming from China.  “It is getting worse,” he said of that city’s fentanyl problem.  “We will be battling this every day moving forward.”   https://www.statnews.com/2016/04/05/fentanyl-traced-to-china/

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Three-fifths of the country’s total drug overdose deaths came from illegal heroin use and opioids prescribed by medical professionals or obtained from other places, up 14 percent over 2013 and triple the rate in 2000.  https://www.statnews.com/2015/12/18/opioid-drug-overdose-deaths/

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12-9-16   Heroin now kills more people than guns:  Drugs overdoses claimed 50,000 lives in the US last year.   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4015536/A-grim-tally-soars-More-50-000-overdose-deaths-US.html#ixzz4SOTDPMZn

usa traffic deaths at 38,300 during 2015.

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Based on available state-level data, an estimated 954,000 abortions took place in 2014–down from approximately 983,000 abortions in 2013 and 1.02 million abortions in 2012.  In 2011, 1.06 million abortions took place in the U.S., down from 1.21 million abortions in 2008, 1.2 million in 2005, 1.29 million in 2002, 1.31 million in 2000.  http://abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics

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582.  People are unwilling to drive away the bats of abomination from around them, and thus they split even their incipient aspiration.  The result is a shaggy ball of such aspiration without progress.  One should not repeat dismal roulades which contaminate space and impede the link with Hierarchy.         -Morya:  Heart 1932

101.  No justification is possible where there is hatred.  I summon to magnanimity, not to weakness.  One may renounce everything for the service of light, but one must test good will in the Fire.  This must be understood with the strings of the heart.   -M:  Fiery World 1933

ElMorya22.jpg  lanto.jpg ascended-master-afra1.jpg-Morya, Duke of Zhou, Afra

agni-ioga.jpg  -N. Roerich:  Agni Yoga, 1928IMG_3546.JPG

potw08_0810.jpg-Confucius at San Jose, CA by Jack Fang, 1973

Climbers ascending Jungfrau, in the Bernese Alps, Switzerland.jpg-Cultural Lost Horizon images:  climbing Jungfrau in Swiss Alps

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