WASHINGTON (BRPROUD) — The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will recognize Sunday, Aug. 21st as National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day.

This day is dedicated to educating the public on the dangers of fentanyl poisoning. The DEA supports the efforts of multiple groups to increase the efforts of awareness across the nation of the addictive and dangerous drug.

“Fentanyl is the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered,” said Administrator Anne Milgram. “From large cities to rural America, no community is safe from the presence of fentanyl. DEA is proud to work with families who have been affected by fentanyl poisonings to spread the word and to save lives.”

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is more potent than heroin and morphine. It is inexpensive, available, addictive, and potentially lethal. Drug traffickers are mixing fentanyl with other drugs to drive addiction.

According to the CDC, approximately 107,622 people in the United States have died from drug overdose and poisoning, with 67% of those being opioids such as fentanyl.

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