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Major Spike in Teen Overdoses Likely Linked to COVID Lockdowns and Leaky Border

What will you end up with if you allow the border crossing but stop the border control? We saw an increase of 15 percent in deaths from overdoses in 2021, resulting in a record 117,622 persons losing their lives. The shocking numbers were announced this week by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in its “Vital Statistics Rapid Release” report. We'll never know the extent to which the pandemic lockdowns and border crisis played roles in this outbreak. However, we don't have to be Einsteins to draw the connection.

One indicator suggesting that the pandemic is partly to blame is that the number of teen deaths due to overdose increased by a third during the last three years, even though the overall use of drugs dropped among teens. What were teens doing during the pandemic? Sitting on couches, because they were not allowed to attend school. Depressed and high. 

“Our data make it clear that young people experienced significant disruption and adversity during the pandemic and are experiencing a mental health crisis,” Kathleen Ethier, director of the CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health, stated.

A few more details from NBC indicate that the data highlights the negative effects of the pandemic, one that has seen an increase in the use of substances amid a high unemployment rate and increase in the number of Americans complaining of mental-health issues.

The fentanyl epidemic is a further factor behind the avalanche of overdoses. According to the Guardian, researchers have attributed this to an influx of fake pills that look like real oxycodone or Xanax tablets yet contain fentanyl, which is a synthetic opioid that is so powerful that even a counterfeit pill can be fatal. Many counterfeit pills are being brought into the United States and are circulated on the illegal drug market, which means that teenagers often take the dangerous drug unintentionally. Fentanyl was among the most deadly drugs, killing 71,238. Meth was a potent killer, too, causing the deaths of 32,856. Cocaine killed 24,538 people, and prescription pain medication resulted in 13,503 deaths. The state that was most affected was Alaska, where deaths rose by an astonishing 75 percent. The number of homeless people dying in Los Angeles also spiked 26 percent, mostly due to the use of drugs.

Where does fentanyl originate from, and how does it get here? The DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) doesn't mince words, stating flatly on its website that “clandestinely-produced fentanyl is primarily manufactured in Mexico.” Oh, wouldn’t it be great if there was someone in the Biden Administration able to do something about it? Let's say we had the ability to keep our borders in check! But that would be cruel and racist. Better to leave our fellow citizens to die.

If you know a parent, you've likely heard them speak of at least one person they've heard about or known who has taken a fatal overdose. Drugs have been a long-standing issue in America; however, it's a crime to allow our borders to stay wide open for fentanyl to be sprayed across the border and a shame to lock our children in cells and force them into a state of insecurity by Draconian COVID regulations. The results are coming in.

It's a catastrophe, and despite the billions we're donating towards Ukraine along with the equity plank, we never hear a word from President Joe Biden regarding this epidemic. It's high time for the government to acknowledge the gravity of this issue and prioritize it so that we don't lose another 100,000 people next year.

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