June 7, 2016
(Reuters) – Synthetic designer drugs, especially synthetic opioids like fentanyl implicated in the death of pop star Prince, pose an “unprecedented” threat for U.S. overdoses and deaths, especially among youth, the country’s top anti-drug official said on Tuesday. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has been cracking down on synthetic drugs since they began gaining popularity in 2010. But because each newly designed drug needs to be separately banned through a “clunky and cumbersome” process, the problem continues to spiral, DEA head Chuck Rosenberg told a U.S. Senate committee.
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