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11.4 million doses of fentanyl seized by Dallas Drug Enforcement Administration in 2022

In 2022, the Dallas Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration seized over 1 million fentanyl tablets and 7,000 pounds of methamphetamine.

The seized pills contain more than 11.4 million potentially lethal doses of fentanyl, according to the CBSDFW. Last month, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced a rise in the lethality of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl across the country. Laboratory testing in 2022 showed that six out of 10 fentanyl-spiked tablets contained a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl, up from four out of 10 in 2021.

Local Profile it was previously reported that there were 10 drug overdose-related deaths in Plano alone by September 2022, an increase of 571% in three years in Collin County. In Plano and the rest of Collin County, heroin and fentanyl are primarily to blame.

“We saw young people die at parties, they wanted to take Adderall, but instead they got fentanyl. In my opinion, people and organizations outside of America, when they do this, intend to kill Americans,” Dallas County District Attorney John Crusoth told Dallas City Council members during a public safety meeting.

This was reported to the Dallas police. Local Profile that in 2021, 54 cases of fentanyl were reported through patrols. By October 2022, 35 cases have already been initiated on the same offense. During the past year, Dallas police also investigated 51 “accidental deaths” related to drug use.

Fentanyl-related overdoses are now more common throughout the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fentanyl kills more people than almost any other drug. There were 71,238 fentanyl-related deaths in 2021, up from 57,834 in 2020. But many drug overdose deaths go unreported, making the data seem better than it actually is.

Methamphetamine, a potentially lethal drug, is also a major problem in North Texas. According to the CBSDFW, law enforcement officials said it continues to be one of the biggest drug-related threats to every community in North Texas and Oklahoma. The Dallas DEA alone seized 7,000 pounds of methamphetamine in 2022.

But many agencies and counties are working to prevent more drug-related deaths. The Washington/Baltimore High Drug Trafficking Area Program (HIDTA) has developed an Overdose Mapping Application (ODMAP). The tool allows first responders to record fatal and non-fatal overdoses into a database that all relevant agencies can track.

Local Profile contacted the Collin County Sheriff’s Office and this story will be updated pending a response.

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