As Media Focuses on COVID, Fentanyl Becomes Leading Cause of Death for US Adults Ages 18-45

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Here’s something the media is not covering. Analysis from the U.S. government found that fentanyl overdoses are the leading cause of death for adults ages 18-45.

Between 2020 and 2021, nearly 79,000 members of that age group died from a fentanyl overdose. The total jumped from 37,208 in 2020 to 41,587 in 2021.

Fentanyl overdoses are rising drastically by the year. As per Families Against Fentanyl:

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s deadly even in small amounts. It is reportedly 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

Almost 80,000 people who are not even 46 years old have died from one cause in the past two years. That’s a crisis. So why aren’t more outlets saying this?

Because, unlike COVID, covering fentanyl isn’t advantageous. There’s no political gain in warning Americans that fentanyl is a more significant threat to young Americans than the omicron — say it in a spooky voice — variant. And that’s awful and discouraging. 

The CDC even buried the ominous fentanyl death rate in a PDF to focus more on COVID. Take a look:

Comparatively, 53,000 people in the age group have died from COVID between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 15, 2021. Fentanyl overdoses are also more deadly than suicide and car accidents for young adults.

Fentanyl overdoses should not be a political topic. It should simply be a topic — a warning of sorts, which it’s not currently. Fentanyl is rapidly killing young Americans yet hardly makes the news

So if you know of anyone at risk of using fentanyl, reach out to help them immediately.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.


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  1. Leftists – the Branch COVID-ians – are still cultishly adhering to their masking vaccing social distancing self-isolating ways though… which is just fine with me. When they voluntarily mask up and social distance from me they do me the great service of hiding their fat faces from me, masking their annoying Pollyanna-esque voices from me and staying at least 6 feet away from me. For free! (I would pay good money for that kind of reduction of annoyances).

    • Agreed 100%. I smile extra large when I see someone in their car maxxed up, or when a mom asks her 4 year old if she remembered her mask. So fucking lame, but at least I can spot idiot liberals much easier now.

  2. This stuff is very dangerous. I was told by a former officer that a local policeman was exposed to fentanyl during a traffic stop. He realized the people had it on them doing a search and then collapsed from the exposure to it. The officer had to have an ambulance come to administer narcan or he may have died right there. That’s what can happen to someone who didn’t even TAKE the stuff, so no wonder so many people die from taking it. That’s how powerful the mess is and I’m not sure why it even exists. If you ask me, our enemies abroad are intentionally pushing this junk to us knowing precisely the outcome.

    • You can YouTube and and search the actual video of that officer passing out. The stuff is lethal and incredibly potent.
      It’s always been around and a danger but 20x worse since Biden and the fucking retards took over and opened the border

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