As a sign that the white house is calling people to pay more attention to America’s heroin and opioid problem, starting with President Barack Obama’s declaration of “Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.”
The director of the national drug control policy, Michael Botticelli, asked for congressional approval of a $1.1 billion expansion for treatment. In Milwaukee, the assistant special agent of the Milwaukee DEA, says that they’re also getting involved.
The DEA has worked historically more on community outreach and education geared toward prevention, but the recent rise of the Fentanyl drug has led to difficulties.
“Fentanyl is…outside the box of the typical opioid-pain, heroin, painkiller cycle of abuse…has become more prolific and available, and is killing people in droves. Fentynal is a drug of mass destruction.” Bell said.
According to the DEA’s website, “the biological effects of the fentanyls are indistinguishable from those of heroin, with the exception that the fentanyls may be hundreds of times more potent. Fentanyls are most commonly used by intravenous administration, but like heroin, they may also be smoked or snorted.”