2017 is shaping up as the most profitable year ever for the U.S. heroin trade…
Cartels have begun lacing heroin with synthetic opioids including fentanyl, making a dose more addictive and cheaper to produce.
Powerful synthetics are sometimes flown in from Hong Kong are known as “pink.”
“We are seeing an unbelievably sad and extensive heroin epidemic, and there is no end in sight,” says Daniel Ciccarone, a medical doctor at the University of California at San Francisco who studies the heroin market. “We are not, in 2017, anywhere close to the top of this thing. Heroin has a life force of its own.”
A lethal fentanyl dose is 2 milligrams, the weight of a few grains of salt…Merely it can cause someone without an opioid tolerance to overdose as it leaches through the skin.