Drug Threat ‘Unprecedented’ According to State and National Agencies

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Michaela Madison Reporting

(Monday, December 4th) Ohio – The Ohio Attorney General is continuing efforts to spread awareness of the dangers of opioids and the severity of the opioid issue nationwide.

Mike DeWine recently released preliminary numbers of drug cases that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) has received to date in 2017.

“Not only are we losing over 400,000 Ohioans every year to this poison, our foster care system is bursting at the seams,” explained DeWine. “Babies are being born every single day in Ohio who are addicted to drugs, our jails are now effectively detox centers.”

So far in 2017, the number of confirmed carfentanil submissions has nearly quadrupled. There has been a 380% increase in submissions of confirmed carfentanil compared to all of 2016.

Additionally, there has been a 46% increase in fentanyl and fentanyl-related compounds submitted so far this year from last year. And in the first six months of 2017, there was a 19% increase in opioid submissions to crime labs as compared to all of 2016.

ASCLD recently issued an urgent public alert recently regarding the dangers posed by drugs currently circulating America’s streets and neighborhoods due to the ongoing opioid crisis. ASCLD issued the following national data to highlight the issue that crime labs face across the country (94% of which report data to ASCLD):

  • In the first six months of 2017, there was a 19% increase in opioid submissions to crime labs as compared to all of 2016.
  • In 2016, there were over 22 different types of fentanyl identified in crime labs.
  • 2017 has seen a 54% increase in fentanyl cases submitted to crime labs.
  • Between 2012 and 2016, laboratories have witnessed a 6000% increase in fentanyl cases. This increase corresponds directly with the overdose deaths being seen nationwide.
  • Nationwide, crime labs are seeing testing take longer than in years past due to the number of cases submitted, the complexity of the cases and compounds submitted, and the dangerous nature of drugs submitted, such as fentanyl and carfentanil.

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