America’s Fentanyl Crisis Begins at the Southern Border

Migrants walk in a caravan to the U.S. border near Tapachula, Mexico, November 25, 2021. (Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters)
Drug cartels are taking advantage of law-enforcement weaknesses and policy failures to smuggle record amounts of the lethal drug into the United States.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n a September afternoon, Allyssia Solorio wondered why her energetic young brother hadn’t emerged from his bedroom in their Sacramento, Calif., home. When she opened his door, she saw 23-year-old Mikael leaning back on his bed with his legs dangling over the side. She rushed to her brother and shook him, but to no avail. He was dead. A counterfeit pharmaceutical pill laced with illicit fentanyl had killed him.

Mikael Tirado was one of an estimated 93,331 overdose fatalities in the United States last year – an all-time high. Nearly five times the murder rate, the deadly overdose toll was primarily

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Vince Bielski, a former senior editor at Bloomberg, reports on the environment, clean energy, education, and immigration for RealClearInvestigations. His work has appeared in Bloomberg, Spin, Mercury News (San Jose), San Francisco Focus, and many other publications.


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