In The Last 5 Years, Los Angeles County Witnesses a 1,200% Increase in Fentanyl Overdose Deaths
From 2016 to 2021, Los Angeles County witnessed a 1,280% increase in overdose deaths from fentanyl, per a recently published report from the LA County Department of Public Health.
In a joint statement, the LA County District Attorney’s Office and the health department rolled out the creation of a working group to tackle the rising cases of fentanyl overdoses “through prevention, education and enforcement.”
Per the health department’s figures, there were 104 deaths in 2016 connected to fentanyl, which surged to 1,662 in 2001.
City News Service reported that black residents in LA County suffered the highest overdose rate, standing at 30.6 per 100,000 residents. White residents are experiencing an overdose rate of 22.5 per 100,000, whereas Hispanics are at 11.1 per 100,000 residents.
Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge noted that the overdoses took place at a significantly higher rate in economically distressed areas, standing at 38.4 deaths per 100,000 as opposed to the 12.3 per 100,000 for more affluent areas.
“Fentanyl overdoses are a significant and growing public health problem across the United States and in [the county], across sociodemographic groups and geographic areas,” the report stated.
The report continued: “The increases among youth and the widening inequities between under-resourced and more affluent groups underscore the need to target prevention efforts to those at highest risk to decrease fentanyl overdoses and advance health equity in [LA County].”
In a statement that he recently released, controversial LA County District Attorney George Gascón, said that the working group is “bringing together the county’s public health experts, education leaders, community advocates, and law enforcement professionals to support and utilize evidence-based and effective approaches to stopping the toll fentanyl is taking. “
Fentanyl is America’s real national security threat, not Russia, China, or Iran. The rise of fentanyl-related overdose deaths is the product of the country’s lax border security policies. Instead of protecting the borders of countries such as Israel, Japan, South Korea, and Ukraine, our political class should be focusing on our southern border instead.
Doing so would save countless American lives. Given the post-national outlook of our political class, asking them to embrace tougher border policies is likely a fool’s errand. Indeed, DC is in need of a regime change that brings America First nationalists into power.