Teen Fentanyl Death Toll Rises Due To “Mexican Oxy” Pills
Fentanyl has become a name that many cringes at the sound of. They are likely to know of their deadly abilities. This is especially true right now in Tucson, Arizona where there has been a spike in fentanyl being smuggled into the city through Mexico.
The fentanyl is being smuggled across in blue pills. The pills are made to look just like the popular party drug oxycodone. They have all the same markings, and there were over one thousand in this shipment to Arizona, known to police.
The kids at these parties are taking the pills without knowing what they contain, and are facing severe consequences. In Arizona alone, there have been over three deaths so far this year. These deaths include a baseball pitcher that was 17- from a Phoenix, two friends that were 19 in Prescott Valley.
One of the spikes latest victims is Aaron Francisco Chavez. On Halloween this year, Arron took one of the pills from Mexico and never woke up. Chavez was only a teenager, and the tragedy almost affected a few others. Police say they responded to at least three other teenagers at the same party.
The police stated that the teenagers believed the pills were oxycodone, not fentanyl. Fentanyl is ten times as strong as heroin. In fact, deaths from Fentanyl have more than tripled in the last few years.
One Sheriff in Arizona, Sheriff’s Auvenshine, remarked that these pills are more socially acceptable than traditional drug use, but up to three times as potent.
This case, like numerous other ones in the area, shows that Mexico has become one of the key distributors in the fentanyl epidemic. Mexico borders Arizona and various southwestern states, which makes transportation easy.
According to Doug Coleman of the USDA, the fentanyl problem is worse than the crack epidemic was. The occurrences in Arizona, he says, are the worst they have been for over 25 years.
The CDC states that the drug fentanyl is the cause of the highest number of overdoses. This statistic has risen 45% in the last few years. Leaving over 70,000 dead from opioids.
Seeking help for fentanyl is extremely important. It is the most deadly drug the US is dealing with at the moment. There are many resources that can help you to detect fentanyl use and abuse.
This story is not too uncommon for states other than Arizona. It is just one small example of a much, much, wider spread problem.