State Laws Are Treating Fentanyl Like the New Crack-And Making the Same Mistakes of the 80s and 90s
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Since the U.S. drug war was declared in 1971, various drugs have been identified as public enemy number one-from crack cocaine, in the 1980s, to prescription opioids in the early 2000s. Today, the primary villain is fentanyl, a synthetic opioid about 50 times more potent than heroin. In 2021, more than 71,000 people in the U.S. died after overdoses involving synthetic opioids-mostly fentanyl, according to provisional data released by the National Center for Health Statistics on May 11 .
Such a deadly drug necessitates a firm public health response, and fortunately, decades of evidence have...
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