Deadly fentanyl bought online from China being shipped through the mail
fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and is now available on the internet and can be delivered through the mailBy now, you may know a family shattered by the opioid epidemic. In 2017, there were 47,000 opioid deaths. That’s more Americans than were killed in vehicle accidents or by firearms. One drug, , is like rocket fuel in the sharp rise of this crisis. is a painkiller invented in the 1960’s and used to relieve the agony of advanced cancer. It is 50 times more potent than heroin. But today can be ordered on the internet, by drug dealers and addicts, for an online overdose. Tracking the source of this illicit trade is a story that begins with James Rauh. Like most in Akron, Ohio, he’d never heard of fentanyl until the police told him his son was dead.
Matt Cronin: What Gordon Jin said he could provide to you was essentially any drug you could imagine: those that exist, those that don’t even currently exist. He called it custom synthesis. What it really meant was made-to-order poison. Instead of tryin’ to find our way to a target, we had far too many. So we decided to do was go through the list and see any that popped out. And one name in particular struck out, out of the list.