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Prosecutions for crimes related to deadly synthetic opioids are significantly increasing at the state and federal level as officials grapple with an increased flow of narcotics into the country.
Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid roughly 30 to 50 times more powerful than pure heroin, was involved in 45 percent of opioid-related deaths in 2016. The substance is primarily manufactured in China and is either shipped directly into the U.S. through mail services or comes across the southern border second-hand from drug cartels in Mexico, reports The Washington Post.
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“Synthetic opioids like fentanyl killed more Americans than any other kind of drug in 2016,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement Thursday, according to The Washington Post. “In response, the Department of Justice tripled our fentanyl prosecutions in 2017.”
The Department of Justice under Sessions is making progress in the fight against both smugglers and medical providers taking advantage of the...
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