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Troopers Make Record Fentanyl Bust. It’s Enough to Kill About 26 Million People, DEA Reckons

The leading cause of drug overdoses in America is no longer cocaine, meth, or even heroin or common opioid painkillers like Percocet and OxyContin. It’s synthetic opioids like fentanyl and its analogs. PHOTO: Vox/Drew Angerer/Getty

By Kaitlyn Alanis | 24 May 2018

THE KANSAS CITY STAR — One of the largest fentanyl busts in the U.S. — and the largest in Nebraska — was confirmed by the Nebraska State Patrol on Thursday.

The 118 pounds of opiates seized was “entirely fentanyl” the department posted to Twitter.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says as little as two milligrams of fentanyl is a lethal dosage in most people. Using that calculation, the 118 pounds of fentanyl could kill about 26,761,928 people.

Two milligrams is equal to about a few grains of table salt. […]

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