Texas seized enough fentanyl this year to equal 'more than 36.2 million lethal doses'

Texas seized enough fentanyl in 2021 to equate to “more than 36.2 million lethal doses,” according to a new report.

During a media briefing on Thursday, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Military Department gave an update on the state’s Operation Lone Star at the southern border and the opioid crisis.

According to officials, the departments seized enough fentanyl as of Dec. 2, 160 lbs., that equals more than 36.2 million lethal doses. Two milligrams of fentanyl is enough to be a lethal dose.

“Fentanyl is a deadly narcotic that is plaguing our society,” Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw said. “The cartels will do whatever it takes to get it into the country, which is why Texas has stepped up to help secure our border and prevent this lethal drug and criminal traffickers from entering our communities.”

In November, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that drug overdoses in the United States had hit over 100,000 annually, the highest in the nation’s history.

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