How deadly drug fentanyl became a gold mine for Mexican cartels
25 September 2023 | 7:49 am
Fentanyl addiction is a scourge that's sweeping the United States. This dangerous synthetic opioid, 50 times stronger than heroin, is imported from Mexico by drug cartels. With the arrival of fentanyl, the cartels no longer needed to grow opium or rely on rural communities to produce it. Fentanyl is lightweight, discreet and easy to produce and transport. It can be passed off as a harmless pill, which explains the high number of deaths from overdoses.
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