A new issue brief, entitled “The Changing Faces of Fentanyl Deaths” has found that synthetic opioid (fentanyl) deaths among children 14 years of age and younger, are increasing faster than any other age group in the United States, and more than tripled in just two years.
This new analysis by Families Against Fentanyl (FAF) is based on the non-profit organization’s analysis of data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on synthetic opioid (fentanyl) poisoning fatalities.
“These disturbing new findings should serve as a wake-up call to our nation’s leaders,” urges Jim Rauh, founder of Families Against Fentanyl.
“Families Against Fentanyl is calling for the Biden Administration to declare fentanyl a weapon of mass destruction and immediately establish a White House task force dedicated to the fentanyl crisis.”
“Americans deserve to know what is being done to save lives, and what is being done to uncover and stop the international manufacturers and traffickers of illicit fentanyl.”
”This is the number one killer of our nation’s young adults. It is killing more and more children each year. It’s time to treat this threat with the urgency it deserves.”
(Fentanyl deaths among teens have tripled in the last two years with some victims dying from the drug without knowing they were consuming it. Fentanyl is tens of times more powerful than morphine and is now the most common drug involved in overdose incidents in the U.S., according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Courtesy of NBC News and YouTube. Posted on Mar 25, 2022.)
Key findings from Families Against Fentanyl’s “The Changing Faces of Fentanyl Deaths”:
Fentanyl Deaths Among Children Are Rising Faster than Any Other Age Group
Synthetic opioid (fentanyl) fatalities among children aged 14 and under are rising faster than any other age group, and more than tripled in just two years.
Fentanyl deaths among infants increased twice as fast as overall U.S. fentanyl deaths in the two years from 2019 to 2021 (the latest year for which CDC data is available).
Nationally, fentanyl deaths doubled in the two years from 2019 to 2021. However, in the same period, deaths among infants to 1-year-olds quadrupled, deaths among 1- to 4-year-olds more than tripled, and deaths among 5- to 14-year-olds nearly quadrupled.
Since 2015, synthetic opioid (fentanyl) deaths among infants increased nearly 10-fold, and 15-fold among children ages 1 to 14: an increase of more than 1,400%.
Nearly All U.S. Fentanyl Deaths Are Unintentional Poisonings
In 2000, more than one in four synthetic opioid (fentanyl) fatalities were determined to be suicide (26.5%).
In 2021, less than one percent of these fatalities were caused by suicide.
(Learn More from Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Anne Milgram. DEA was Recognized for Excellence in Public Safety in the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program. Courtesy of the Drug Enforcement Administration and YouTube. Posted on May 6, 2022.)
Synthetic Opioid (Fentanyl) Poisoning is Still the Leading Cause of Death Among Americans 18 to 45.
In December 2021, Families Against Fentanyl released its groundbreaking finding that fentanyl was the number one cause of death among Americans ages 18 to 45 in 2019, 2020, and the first part of 2021. That continued to be the case throughout 2021 (the latest year for which CDC data is available).
More than half of all fentanyl deaths in the United States were among Americans aged 25 to 44 in 2021, the latest year available.
Americans 35 to 44 are more likely to die from synthetic opioid (fentanyl) poisoning than any other ten-year age group.
Jim Rauh, of Akron Ohio, founded Families Against Fentanyl after his son was killed by fentanyl poisoning in 2015.
A chemical engineer by trade, 60 Minutes covered his story as he worked with the U.S. Department of Justice to track the manufacturers of the illicit fentanyl that killed his son, to China and hold them accountable.
(It’s been 6 years since James Rauh saw his son, Tom, alive. After years of battling an opioid addiction, Tom died in 2015 when he unknowingly injected acetyl fentanyl into his body. Courtesy of News 5 Cleveland and YouTube. Posted on Mar 30, 2021.)
Jim formed Families Against Fentanyl to raise awareness of the illicit fentanyl poisoning crisis.
The FAF organization has brought together thousands of families and bipartisan leaders on solutions with the aim to stop the deaths and save other families from the nightmare of losing a loved one to fentanyl poisoning.
DEA Recognized in 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program for Excellence
American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now entering it’s Eighth Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.
Excellence in Homeland Security
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day hosted by the DEA and its national, tribal, and community partners aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
(Hear from Gary Whisenand, an investigator at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Honolulu District Office, to discuss the initiative National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative Courtesy of KHON2 News and YouTube. Posted on Oct 28, 2022.)
Homeland Security remains at the forefront of our national conversation as we experience an immigration crisis along our southern border and crime rates that are dramatically higher than before the Pandemic across the United States.
These challenges have become a national priority with an influx of investments in innovative new technologies and systems.
Enter American Security Today, the #1 publication and media platform in the Government Security and Homeland Security fields, with a circulation of over 75,000 readers and many tens of thousands more who visit our AST website at www.americansecuritytoday.com each month.
The pinnacle of the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is the Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Ceremony Luncheon Banquet, an exclusive, full-course plated meal event, in the heart of New York City.
This year’s exclusive sold-out ‘ASTORS’ luncheon featured representatives of law enforcement, public safety, and industry leaders who came together to honor the selfless service of those who stand on the front lines, and those who stand beside them – providing the capabilities and technologies to create a safer world for generations to come.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which came out in force, to discuss comprehensive collaborations between private and public sectors that have led to the development of intelligence and technologies which serve to protect our nation.
The continually evolving ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program emphasized the trail of Accomplished Women in Leadership in 2022, as well as the Significance and Positive Impact of Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in our Next Generation of Government and Industry Leaders.
The keynote address was provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC) Diane Sabatino, who described the changes to CBP through the tragedy of 9/11 and the relentless commitment to its mission and ongoing investment in the latest technologies and innovations to protect our borders and Homeland.
The resounding theme of the DEAC’s remarks was her pride in the women and men of the CBP and their families who support them.
AST was also joined by Legendary Police Commissioner William Bratton, who spoke, as always, about his love for the City of New York, the Profession of law enforcement to which he has dedicated his life, and for which he continues to drive thought leadership and innovation.
New York City Police Department (NYPD) Chief of Department Kenneth Corey, came out to address Luncheon attendees and shared some of his experiences and the changes in policing he’s witnessed over his more than three decades of service.
FDNY Chief Joseph Jardin honored the men and women of the FDNY, not only those who currently serve but all of those who have selflessly served, with a special recognition of those lost on 9/11.
Chief Jardin spoke about the continuing health battle of many following 9/11 with cancer and respiratory disease, yet now knowing the full consequences, would not have made a different decision to respond.
As Chief Jardin noted, mission-driven service is in the lifeblood of every firefighter, volunteer and sworn and has been so throughout the history of the Fire Service.
Former head of the FBI’s active shooter program, Katherine Schweit joined AST to sign complimentary copies of her book, ‘STOP THE KILLING: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis,’ thanks to the generosity of our 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Sponsors.
The 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program was Proudly Sponsored by NEC National Security Systems (NSS), ATI Systems, Automatic Systems of America, guardDog AI, Fortior Solutions, IPVideo Corporation, Rajant Corporation, RX Global, and SIMS Software!
We were pleased to welcome the esteemed New York City Fire Department (FDNY); the New York City Police Department (NYPD); and the NYC Hospital Police, as well as Executive Management from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and many other DHS agencies, Federal law enforcement agencies, and private/public partnerships such as the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), the 30×30 Initiative, a coalition of professionals advancing the representation of women in policing; and Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) (rail safety advocates).
The prestigious Annual ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program highlights the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.
In 2022 over 240 distinguished guests representing Federal, State, and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms gathered from across North America, Europe, and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields.
Each year, to keep our communities safe and secure, security dealers, installers, integrators, and consultants, along with corporate, government, and law enforcement/first responder practitioners, convene in New York City to network, learn and evaluate the latest technologies and solutions from premier exhibiting brands at ISC East, the Natural Disaster & Emergency Management Expo (NDEM EXPO), and the ASIS NYC Expo.
ISC East is the Northeast’s leading security & public safety event, hosted in collaboration with sponsor Security Industry Association (SIA) and in partnership with ASIS NYC.
Corporate firms, the majority of which return year to year to build upon their Legacy of Wins, include:
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Today’s new generation of public safety and security experts need real-time knowledge to deal with domestic and international terrorism, lone wolf attacks, unprecedented urban violence, shifts in society, culture, and media bias – making it increasingly difficult for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security Professionals to implement coordinated security measures to ensure national security and improve public safety.
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AST provides a full plate of topics in our AST Monthly Magazine Editions, AST Website, and AST Daily News Alerts, covering 23 Vital Sectors such as Access Control, Perimeter Protection, Video Surveillance/Analytics, Airport Security, Border Security, CBRNE Detection, Border Security, Ports, Cybersecurity, Networking Security, Encryption, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Campus Security, Security Services, Corporate Facilities, and Emergency Response among others.
AST has Expanded readership into integral Critical Infrastructure audiences such as Protection of Nuclear Facilities, Water Plants & Dams, Bridges & Tunnels, and other potential targets of terrorism.
Other areas of concern include Transportation Hubs, Public Assemblies, Government Facilities, Sporting & Concert Stadiums, our Nation’s Schools & Universities, and Commercial Business Destinations – all enticing targets due to a large number of persons and resources clustered together.
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The Annual CHAMPIONS edition includes a review of ‘ASTORS’ Award Winning products and programs, highlighting key details on many of the winning firm’s products and services, including video interviews and more.
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From Physical Security (Access Control, Critical Infrastructure, Perimeter Protection, and Video Surveillance Cameras and Video Management Systems), to IT Security (Cybersecurity, Encryption, Data Storage, Anti-Malware, and Networking Security – to name a few), the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS EDITION will have what you need to Detect, Delay, Respond to, and Mitigate today’s real-time threats in our constantly evolving security landscape.
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