Wealth & Poverty Review Wuhan’s Other EpidemicFueling America’s deadly fentanyl epidemic. Originally published at City Journal
The coronavirus has turned America upside-down. In less than three months, the virus has killed 70,000 Americans and destroyed more than 30 million jobs. According to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, “enormous evidence” shows that the virus emerged from a laboratory in Wuhan, China — not in that city’s infamous “wet markets.” But while few question that the virus originates in Wuhan, many don’t know that Wuhan is also the source of another deadly epidemic: America’s fentanyl overdoses.
Fentanyl, a form of synthetic opioid, has quickly become America’s most dangerous drug. In 2018, fentanyl killed 31,897 people in the United States — more than twice the number of any other narcotic. The chemical compound is so lethal, in fact, that just two milligrams — enough to cover Lincoln’s beard on a penny — can prove fatal. In the past five years, fentanyl has devastated hundreds of American communities, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest, where overdose death rates have skyrocketed.Continue Reading at City Journal