Chinese Fentanyl Drug Operation Busted, US Government Indicts 2

Written by Chloe Nicosia

Chinese Nationals Indicted On Fentanyl Drug Manufacturing Charges

Fentanyl drug manufacturers are producing a synthetic cousin to heroin that is far more deadly. A 30-milligram dose of heroin will kill the average-adult male, but it only takes 3-milligrams of fentanyl to cause death. The Americans who died from fentanyl produced by the Chinese nationals, purchased it online. Illegal online sales are allowing dangerous and powerful drugs to enter the United States, and this is “one of the most significant drug threats facing the country,” according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations acting director, Robert W. Patterson. International drug-trafficking organizations use web-based sales, digital currency, and international shipments to send their deadly drugs into the US.

Fentanyl Drug Use

People often believe that illegal drugs are only used by the criminal element of society. That way of thinking facilitates the use of drugs by ignoring the facts. Drug addiction is a disease, not a matter of morality. Celebrity singers Michael Jackson and Prince both died from fentanyl drug use. Addiction is not a respecter of persons. Rich and poor of every race can be destroyed by fentanyl drug use. It’s very possible someone you know is addicted to fentanyl drug use. There are some signs you can observe that indicate a probable addiction.

  • Lightheaded or dizzy
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Respiratory suppression
  • Severe constipation
  • Hives or itching
  • Headaches
  • Vision problems
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Depression
  • Severe weight loss
  • Nightmares
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Swelling in extremities
  • Profuse sweating
  • Shaking

If you notice these symptoms occurring with a friend or family member, they need help immediately. If you can’t convince them, professional intervention services are available.

Opioid Deaths

Opioid deaths are on the rise. Every state is seeing an increase in opioid deaths. Increased fentanyl drug use is only one factor. Many people are becoming addicted to their prescribed pain pills. Commonly prescribed drugs including Vicodin®, Percodan®, Tylox® and Demerol® are addictive for some people even when used exactly as prescribed. Users build a tolerance to the drug’s effects and then require a stronger dose to achieve the same comfort level. As user tolerance grows the danger of addiction and possible opioid deaths increase. Opioid overdoses can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. The symptoms of an overdose can include confusion, lack of alertness, shallow breathing, and loss of consciousness. Opioid deaths are on the increase because the individual often does not receive emergency medical help.

Buying Narcotics Online

Unfortunately more people are buying narcotics online in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in five teens used prescription drugs illegally, and many purchase them online feeling it is safer than approaching a drug dealer. The CDC also states that over seventy-five percent of the people abusing drugs are obtaining them from smugglers, forged prescriptions, unethical medical practitioners, and online drug stores. The dark net contains over 1,000 websites that will deliver drugs right to a person’s home, and sales frequently equal a half million dollars per day. Many of the online sights are run by international drug syndicates including the large Chinese narcotics operation. Buying narcotics online is extremely dangerous because the drugs may be altered with another substance, and they may not be represented properly. There is a definite connection to the increase in opioid deaths and buying narcotics online. Parents need to know what their teens are doing online. Check their history and watch for any signs they may be using drugs. If you suspect they are, make a doctor appointment for them and find out before they get in too deep. Addiction is a disease, but it can be treated successfully.

It’s an unfortunate truth that Chinese nationals are selling drugs in the US and can’t be touched because they are in their own country and selling online. If you have a loved one using drugs, or if you are addicted, get help right away. Make a phone call that will connect you to a professional drug treatment center. The call you make may save the life of someone you love. Call us today at 1.800.429.7690.

Sources:

http://beta.latimes.com/nation/sns-bc-us–justice-opioids-20171017-story.html

http://people.com/celebrity/fentanyl-drug-that-killed-prince-has-long-history-of-abuse/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/national/fentanyl-overdoses/?utm_term=.f71cb422c5dc