As families express the personal stories of their loved ones who accidentally overdosed, many of the victims did not know that such a small amount could kill them
Black Headline News' part 2 special report: "A Closer Look at the Fentanyl Crisis in Real Time" gives viewers an inside look at how deadly the fentanyl drug is, from families affected by the loss of a loved one due to accidental overdoses. Join news anchor host, Julia Dudley Najieb, as she reviews the national crisis from the eyes of brokenhearted families.
According to the CDC, 107,375 people in the United States died of drug overdoses and drug poisonings in the 12-month period ending in January 2022. A staggering 67 percent of those deaths involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Some of these deaths were attributed to fentanyl mixed with other illicit drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin, with many users unaware they were actually taking fentanyl. Only two milligrams of fentanyl is considered a potentially lethal dose; it’s particularly dangerous for someone who does not have a tolerance to opioids. Here is an online toolkit to share with others: