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The DEA said that it had taken enough fentanyl to kill us all. The claim is credible.

DEA says it has seized 379 million doses of fentanyl in the past year. That’s enough to provide a lethal dose for every American, agency says. Much of this fentanyl is in the form of fake prescription pills. DEA provided a senior laboratory official to explain how such numbers are calculated. DEA says it seized more than 10,000 pounds of fentanyl powder in fiscal 2022.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin. The DEA estimates that about 2 milligrams of pure fentanyl is lethal.