Biden’s America…High Gas Prices, Low Illicit Drug Prices

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In Biden’s America, the price of almost everything has soared and record inflation has gripped the average consumer creating economic tension in homes across the nation. The price of common goods in our country today is the highest it has been in 40 years. 

Unfortunately, one of the commodities that haven’t seen price increases is fentanyl. The street price of illegal fentanyl has decreased by nearly half in some places across America. 

This illegal drug is coming like a flood across the southern border of the United States causing the price to continually drop. According to law enforcement officials, the drug is easy to obtain and the effect that it could have will multiply the massive opioid crisis that already exists. 

From April of 2020 to April of 2021, there were approximately 100,000 drug overdose deaths in America, according to The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Almost 75% of those deaths were from overdoses of synthetic opioids, primarily the drug fentanyl. Making matters worse are the counterfeit pills that have been laced with fentanyl and are being made with chemicals from China in Mexico. 

The State of Ohio has become ground zero for the counterfeit pill epidemic in America. In that region, the price of fentanyl has dropped dramatically. The normal price for a kilogram of the drugs has steadily dropped for several years now. In 2017, the average price of a kilogram was $75,000. But according to a 2019 report, it was under $50,000. And then a 2021 report indicated that the average price for a kilogram was just under $36,000. 

In Ohio, 4,000 people died of unintentional drug overdoses in 2019. Over 75% of those deaths involved fentanyl, according to the Ohio Department of Health. 

Dave Yost is the Attorney General in Ohio. He is deeply concerned with the lower price of fentanyl and the implication it will have on his state. 

All those trends are worrying, lower price, more supply, and, of course, fentanyl is much more dangerous than even heroin, it’s much easier to overdose on it, much easier to transport because it’s so much more potent than straight heroin,” Yost said.

In Arizona, officials seized nearly 2 million pills containing illicit fentanyl in 2021. Almost half of those pills contained a lethal dose of the drug. 

At the beginning of 2021, the average price of a pill in Arizona was nearly $20. The most recent price on the street today is $5. 

Arizona’s Attorney General Mark Brnovich said that the issue in his state comes down to supply and demand. 

There is more fentanyl and other deadly drugs pouring across our open southern border, making them cheaper for people to buy,” Brnovich said

He believes that the problem can be traced to the Biden Administration’s open border policies. He said that these policies are allowing the drug cartels to flood our communities with dangerous drugs. 

Attorney General of Ohio, Dave Yost, agrees with his colleague in Arizona. Yost said that the federal government’s top priority regarding the fentanyl crisis should be to secure the southern border. He said the government should actually enforce the law and do a better job at controlling the flood of illicit drugs coming into our nation. 

So here is the real state of our union…the Commerce Department’s personal consumption expenditure index (PCE) rose 5.2% just in January alone. It is the highest it’s been in 38 years. But you can buy a lethal dose of fentanyl on the street in Ohio for about five bucks.

I’m not sure you will hear those statistics from Biden’s State of the Union address.