The impact of powerful synthetic drugs in the economy, the rise in homelessness and youth fatalities
- Sam Quinones, Journalist, storyteller, former LA Times reporter, and author of four acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction (@samquinones_author). His most recent book is The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth, released in 2021.
- John, an ER Doctor from a major western city (he has agreed to speak on condition of anonymity).
News Report of this Briefing
The massive availability and use of powerful synthetic drugs like fentanyl, the most powerful drug known to man, and new more potent versions of meth, like P2P, are causing a growing problem in the United States.
Both drugs are now available “coast to coast” like never before. Overdose deaths rose during the Covid-19 pandemic, and in 2021, more than 100,000 people died in the U.S. of drug overdoses, about 71,000 of those deaths were related to synthetic opioids, according to the CDC.
Children and teens who ingest fake prescription pills and tiny candies laced with Fentanyl are becoming seriously ill or dying every week in America. Meanwhile P2P, a very easily produced type of Meth, is ravaging the streets of the United States and increasing addiction, severe mental health issues and homelessness.
Our two guests have a front-row seat to this crisis and will share it with us.