Leading Cause of Death Among US Adults 18-45: Fentanyl, Not COVID

fentanylAccording to the opioid awareness organization Families Against Fentanyl, between 2020 and 2021, nearly 79,000 US adults between 18 and 45 years old died of fentanyl overdoses. That’s a shocking 37,208 in 2020 and 41,587 in 2021 based on the data analysis. From 2020 to 2021, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows there were more than 53,000 COVID-19 deaths in the same age group.

After everything the nation has gone through over the last two years dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, one would think a national emergency would be declared for the leading cause of death among American adults ages 18-45. But there’s nothing compared to the COVID-19 effort from our government or politicians in DC to tackle fentanyl.




The Drug Enforcement Agency says fentanyl comes into the United States primarily from Mexico and China. The synthetic opioid is deadly in very small doses and other drugs can be laced with the deadly drug.

Customs and Border Protection authorities seized more than 11,000 pounds of fentanyl in 2021. Only 4,776 pounds were seized in 2020.

All this data shows that more US adults between 18 and 45 died of fentanyl overdoses in 2020 than COVID-19, motor vehicle accidents, cancer and suicide. But you don’t hear our politicians talking about this compared to COVID-19.

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