Fentanyl seizures increase again at southern border, now 78% higher than last fiscal year



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The amount of fentanyl seized at the border by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) increased again in June as part of a continued surge in seizures of the deadly drug, which are now 78% higher in fiscal year (FY) 2021 so far compared to all of last fiscal year.

CBP seized 1,060 pounds of the deadly drug in June. That is the highest amount seized since December and a 12% increase overall from May, when 948 pounds were seized. Comparatively, it is higher than 713 pounds seized in June 2020, and the 293 pounds seized in June 2019.

It means that so far in FY2021, with three months remaining, there have been 8,507 pounds of the drug seized, compared to 4,776 in all of FY 2020.

Fentanyl, an opioid for pain treatment, is between 50 and 100 times more potent than morphine. According to the CDC, more than 36,000 people died from overdoses involving synthetic opioids like fentanyl in 2019.

However, drug seizures overall actually decreased by 30% from May. So far this fiscal year there have been 504,935 pounds of drugs seized compared to 828,658 in all of FY 2020.

But fentanyl is watched closely by officials and lawmakers due to how deadly it can be with just a tiny amount.…..

 


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