The FDA does not approve of hemp, but they did approve Fentanyl a very long time ago.
Fentanyl is an extremely potent, synthetic, opioid pain medication. Fentanyl hits users strong with a rapid onset and short duration.
For some users Fentanyl hit too strong. In fact, in Dayton, OH we are seeing nothing short of an epidemic. Huge layoffs and a bad economy in Dayton have been the perfect melting pot for the Mexican Drug Cartels. These cartels are flooding the streets of Dayton with Fentanyl. So, far in the first six months of 2017, Dayton witnessed more than 2,000 deaths. One day within 47 minutes in Dayton, 9 people died from overdose.
The reason Fentanyl is so dangerous is these opioid users are accustomed to morphine and heroin, but Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. There are some other forms of Fentanyl (fentanyl analogues) designed to mimic the pharmacological effects of the original drug. The Mexican Cartels are attracted to this form of Fentanyl because it is highly concentrated. If a drug is highly concentrated it is easier to smuggle. The danger here is these Fentanyl Analogs are up to 10,000 times more potent than morphine. There are many opioid addicts who are attracted to the substance because they have heard of the potency rumors. For some addicts, this attraction is fatal.
So, what can be done to help the opioid addicts in Dayton, OH? That depends almost entirely on what the legislators pass for the new spending bills coming up. Once the budget is passed we will know if our government is truly dedicated to solving the problem of opioid addiction. One thing will shine above the rest. Patients of addiction can be moved out of jails and into out-patient drug rehab programs. If patients are mentally ill, both the addiction and the mental illness must be treated. Many people in Dayton, OH are experiencing depression with good reason. Their neighbors are dying of opioid addiction without much fanfare from the media.
In a morgue in Dayton, OH, they experience 40% to 60% overdose deaths. So basically, half at any time in the morgue in Dayton are there because of an overdose. Hmmm. Sounds kind of like a filtration system. Let the addicted and mentally ill get a hold of strong drugs. Strong enough to kill. No more drug rehab bills, hospital bills, court costs, incarceration costs for the addicted and / or mentally ill if they no longer exist. Does the government really want its people to die? Why is the opioid epidemic in Dayton, OH allowed to continue, and to continue without any resources to stop the epidemic? There are no reports of drug rehabilitation programs. There are no reports of legislators asking for funding. Nothing.
So, ask yourself, why is the government not responding to a midwestern catastrophe? At least the Canadian Government is acknowledging Fentanyl as a dangerous drug problem. Death from fentanyl overdose was declared a public health crisis in Canada in September 2015, and it continues to be a significant public health issue for the Canadian Govt.