Tens of thousands of pounds of illicitly manufactured fentanyl are being imported into the U.S. every year, enough to kill billions of people. Fentanyl, whether pure or laced within heroin, cocaine, meth or counterfeit pills, is killing our family members. Together, we can stop this.
By the Numbers
2020 to date: estimated 81,500+
TOTAL OVERDOSE DEATHS: 930,177+
The CDC estimates that half of all overdose deaths are directly caused by fentanyl.
Two-thirds of all accidental overdose deaths are caused by synthetic opioids like fentanyl, carfentanil, and other manufactured substances.
About 200 people die every day from fentanyl poisoning in the U.S.
Accidental overdose is now the leading cause of death for people under age 50 in the U.S.
Accidental overdose is the leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S. regardless of age group.
597,833+ TOTAL ESTIMATED DEATHS DUE TO FENTANYL IN 20 YEARS
We can and must stop this.
Illicitly manufactured fentanyl emerged as a street drug in recent years because it’s inexpensive to buy, profitable to sell, and relatively easy to smuggle in from China, where most of it is made. America’s fentanyl problem has gotten worse during the pandemic. More than 40 states have reported increases in opioid-related deaths during the pandemic.
But the threat from fentanyl isn’t just to drug users and their families. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl and fentanyl analogs endanger every American. Just 2 milligrams of fentanyl is enough to kill an average person. Just one pound of fentanyl can kill as many people as have died to date in the U.S. from the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019 alone, Customs and Border Patrol and Mexican authorities seized more than 5,000 pounds of illicitly manufactured fentanyl that had been destined for the U.S.
Read our Detailed Case for Support to designate illicitly manufactured fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction, and sign our petition.
Want to learn more? Explore our frequently asked questions.
How You Can Help
1. Sign our change.org petition.
2. Learn more about fentanyl on our FAQ page.
3. Send Jim’s most recent op-ed to Capitol Hill! Find your elected representatives’ contact information and send them a copy of the op-ed with a personal note about why better protection from fentanyl is important to you and your family.
4. Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter.