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Fentanyl Is Defining for Las Vegas

by Will Long

January 9, 2023
DEA image of seized fentanyl pills in the hollowed-out dictionary.

The Las Vegas division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) shared a recent drug bust that included the discovery of 2,000 pills in a hollowed-out copy of The New English Dictionary. This time, fentanyl is the dictionary. Fentanyl is defined in the dictionary as an opioid analgesic that’s 50 to 100 times more powerful than traditional morphine.  

As outlandish as this story sounds, this drug bust comes after the agency reported that they seized hundreds of millions of single doses of fentanyl and tens of millions of fake prescription pills in 2022 alone. The kind of fake prescription pills seized by the Las Vegas DEA are becoming very common in drug busts all around the country. Those who transport drugs are being busted with hundreds or even thousands of fake M30s or some other pressed version of prescription opioids.

Fentanyl In Las Vegas Is a Top Law Enforcement Priority

Fentanyl, an incredibly deadly opioid, is becoming one of the most dangerous things on the drug market due to its ubiquity with pressed pills bought off the street. Lacing other drugs with trace amounts of fentanyl while pushing low quality products has become priority number one for many manufacturers and dealers. It yields them more money for less product. This creates a “death spiral” through which people that use substances suffer even more and dealers make more money relative to the labor and production costs of making and selling the drugs on the street. The DEA calls their mission to end the production, sale, and use of fentanyl its number one national priority.

Adolescent Drug Use Is Down, But Overdoses from Fentanyl Are Up

Many of the fentanyl-laced drugs are being used by those who’ve purchased them from social media websites or apps. Some drugs are now purchased off the dark web, a place in which drug sales are becoming more and more common with every passing year. An example of the higher stakes at play is the inverse correlation between adolescent drug use and overdoses in the same age bracket. As drug use increases, overdoses increase—fentanyl-lacing is largely to blame for this.

Learn More About How Landmark Recovery Can Help

With over 100000 overdoses in the last 12-month period, largely driven by fentanyl showing up so much in the black market drug supply, making sure we get the word out about greater incidences of fentanyl positivity is important. Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas is making strides toward being the premiere drug treatment center in the region, with our facility being the only one in Las Vegas that allows our patients to undergo everything from detox to therapy under the same roof.

Give our dedicated admissions specialists a call at 888-448-0302 today to discuss what we offer and how our treatment plans can be tailored to fit your needs. We believe in making treatment work for everyone so that they can achieve their wildest dreams. Let us help you achieve the life you desire.

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About the Author

Will Long

Will Long

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Long has been a writer for Landmark Recovery since 2021. He specializes in research and writing about substance abuse from a scientific and social perspective. Unearthing information from underexplored, far-flung corners of the Internet, Long’s passion is finding emerging trends in substance use and treatment that the public should know about.