Police Raid In Columbus, OH Finds Massive Cache of Pure Fentanyl
It’s difficult to overstate how deadly fentanyl can be – just a few grains will kill an unsuspecting user. So when police in a Columbus, Ohio raid found 4.5 pounds of the illegal opioid, it literally had the potential to kill the entire city.
However, this recent raid in Columbus pales to an earlier bust which netted more than 20 pounds of pure fentanyl. “So it would probably be enough to kill all, the entire population in the state of Ohio,” Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said.
Ohio has 11.6 million residents and, at 2 to 3 milligrams per lethal dose, the amount of fentanyl discovered in the November bust could potentially kill more than 9 million people.
“Two or three milligrams of fentanyl is not much more than five or six small grains of salt,” O’Brien said.
“We’ve tried to curtail the supply of prescription opioids but that has led users to move to illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl,” Michael Betz, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Sciences at Ohio State University, told Fox News.
The ongoing battle against the epidemic is costing Ohio residents between $6.6 and 8.8 billion per year, Betz said.
“That’s roughly what the state of Ohio spends on its education for K through 12,” he said.
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