Why isn’t the mainstream media covering America’s fentanyl crisis more seriously?
This is quite a severe topic, but I feel traumatized by the events taking place very close to my hometown and all throughout America.
There was a shocking story published this week by the Wall Street Journal about three fentanyl-related overdose deaths.
The story covers two women and one man who died after using a drug delivery service similar to how DoorDash works. Customers text an order for cocaine, and they deliver it to your door.
The cocaine delivered to all three of these victims, however, was laced with fentanyl.
The first victim was Julia Ghahramani. She had just graduated from Columbia Law School school in 2020. One night, while alone in 2021, she texted a number that belonged to a drug answering service, and she asked if they could send somebody to deliver cocaine.
The service sent somebody within nine minutes. Julia was found dead the next morning.
The second victim was Amanda Scher. Scher was 36 years old. She was also at her apartment, alone in New York City. She called the same drug delivery service and the drugs arrived a couple of hours later, and she tried them.
She texted the dealer and said, “that batch was better than the last batch.”
She then jumped on for a private patient online consultation from 8:00pm to 9:00pm. Afterward, she sat down on the sofa, turned on the television, and was not heard from again.
You can guess exactly where that story ended.
The third victim is the most traumatizing because he was about to become a father for the first time. His name was Ross Mtangi. He was 40 years-old, and he left his pregnant partner to go stay in a hotel to get some work done.
He was a Harvard graduate and very successful in the world of finance. He had his entire life ahead of him. He actually got on to a conference call with his boss simultaneously around the same time he was texting a dealer, asking him to deliver the goods. After that call ended, he missed a follow-up call with his boss.
Mtangi’s boss texted his employee’s sister, actually, and said, “Hey, I haven’t heard from your brother.” Obviously, his wife was worried about him and also reached out to the sister.
His sister found him in that hotel the next morning, dead of an overdose.
All three victims across town had partaken of the exact same batch of what they thought was pure cocaine, but in fact, was laced with fentanyl.
The Journal did a very good job in presenting this story, documenting the victim’s families’ tragedy, and bringing one of the most important issues to the forefront.
But the sad truth is this story is happening in towns all across America.
It’s also important because a similar thing happened just a couple of years ago in my hometown with three people I was close with and knew well. It is entirely too common in America.
So where is the rest of the media?
In case you are not aware, we are now at a critical point with this crisis. One hundred and seventy five (175) people per day in the United States are dying from accidental fentanyl overdoses.
Because of that, we now live in a society where your children (and you) cannot experiment with drugs — at all.
Not that it was ever a great idea — but it was different. Growing up during my time, nobody was fearful that the stuff that they were going to consume was going to be laced with fentanyl.
This message has to be communicated effectively to all teenagers right now. You have to make them aware that this is one of the scariest crises taking place in America. Experimenting with drugs could kill you — within minutes.
So where is the mainstream media on this? Why aren’t they covering this like they did COVID?
When COVID started, we had a ticker every single day across the mainstream media trying to make us fear that if we get COVID, we will die. What happened? We all reacted. People began locking themselves at home. People start wearing masks.
Why isn’t the media trying to communicate the same dangers when it comes to fentanyl? Why aren’t we seeing people recognizing how fearful they should be over this very real — and not imagined — crisis?
Since the mainstream media doesn’t highlight it as much as they should, here are a few quick facts:
- Customs and Border Protection data shows that in fiscal year 20221, 12,900 pounds of fentanyl have been seized at the border — more than in 2021, 2020, and 2019.
- 107,521 people overdosed in 2021 which is up 51% since 2019.
This is no longer the time in America when you can simply experiment with drugs and get away with it as a rebellious teenager — it could kill you on the spot.
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