Teenagers in today’s society deal with a lot. They have to maintain the highest fashion trends or face the mean girls in the school hallways. They have to continue to say “no” to peer pressure as they’re given access to everything from vape pens to marijuana. And, of course, they have to continue to do well in school so that they can earn scholarships because that’s the only effective way to pay for college anymore.
We really don’t offer teens nearly enough support. And the Democrats are making it even harder.
Enter fentanyl. This illegal drug has been coming across the southern border for years. With tens of thousands of migrants from Mexico and Central America entering the border each and every month, there’s even more of this manufactured opioid being smuggled into the U.S.
According to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid overdose deaths are on the rise. From 2019 to 2021, the rise of opioid overdose-related deaths was higher in the 14 to 18 category than in any other age demographic.
A rise of 94 percent between 2019 and 2020 and another rise of 20 percent between 2020 and 2021 shows that there’s a real problem – and no one seems to be talking about it.
Ask a teen if they’ve heard of fentanyl. Most will tell you no. That is unless a friend or classmate died of an overdose of it.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has identified that fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is approximately 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine. And one of the top reasons for the overdose deaths happening in teens is because of its presence – around 77 percent of all of the overdose deaths in 2021 were as a result of fentanyl.
Fentanyl is more readily available than ever before. And the DEA has reported that there are more forensic drug reports testing positive for fentanyl.
Now, let’s take a look at what’s happening at the border. Read up on the news in terms of what the border patrol agents are seizing. Almost every day, there are reports of the agents seizing fentanyl in large quantities. This means that the people smuggling the drugs across the border aren’t for their own personal consumption – it’s for the purpose of distributing.
And who better to distribute to than unsuspecting teenagers who don’t think anything can kill them?
A nonprofit health care research organization, the Commonwealth Fund, wrote in a report to say, “Urgent action is needed to address America’s spiraling overdose crisis, including expanding access to opioid addiction treatment and investing in harm reduction.”
There are various tools that can be used to identify if fentanyl is in a particular product. There are also test strips so that a person can find out if they have fentanyl in their system. Unfortunately, these tools aren’t readily available.
The U.S. Surgeon General offers guidance to help teens as well as everyone else in the country: learn the signs of opioid overdose.
If you have a teenager in the house, sit them down and talk to them about what an opioid overdose looks like. It includes pinpoint pupils and slowed breathing. Naloxone, an antidote that is used to counteract opioid overdoses, is available in every state. Get trained in how to use it – you never know when you’ll need it to save your teen – or if your teen will need it to save the life of a friend.
You’re talking to your kids about peer pressure, depression, and grades. Now, you have to talk to your teens about fentanyl. You have no choice since the Democrats aren’t talking about it. If they started to talk about it, they’d have to do something about the border immigration issue – and that’s simply not going to happen.