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Authorities in the Southern part of the state of California, Orange County, last week, in a seizure of approximately $1.25 million worth of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, an amount that is large enough to have as many as four million lethal doses, according to the sheriff’s office.
Wednesday’s seizure resulted in almost half of the amount by which the researchers have taken is in Orange County, in all, by 2018, a news release said.
Investigators arrested 60-year-old Rudolph Garcia on multiple drug charges while serving a search warrant, sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Brain, told the Orange County Register.
She was also a semi-automatic pistol, heroin, methamphetamine, and $71,000 in cash, according to the sheriff’s department.
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Fentanyl seizures in 2019 would increase by more than double that for the third year in a row, the researchers said.
“The threat of this highly potent drug is to be our community’s exponential growth, not actually inside,” the Sheriff Don Barnes said.
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Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin, health officials have said.
In the past few years, it has become a public health crisis. Between 2015 and 2018, for the damage caused by the drug, it costs at least $631 billion – that’s more than the gross domestic product (gdp) of Belgium, spain, Sweden, and Taiwan, according to an analysis by the Society of Actuaries (SOA).