Since its outbreak in early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has drawn all eyes to it. From actual hospitalizations and deaths to the lockdowns and mask mandates it inspired, the impact of the virus has been immense even after the development of vaccines. However, hyperfocus on the coronavirus has caused many other serious health issues to be swept to the side and largely ignored by the activist media establishment, which has participated in the politicization of the pandemic.
The increasingly deadly opioid crisis has flown under the radar as the press fixates on COVID-19 and selling the Biden administration’s bid to compel, persuade, or coerce more Americans to take the jab. But for at least one age group, opioid – fentanyl, especially – overdoses earned the highest body count.
Fentanyl Worse Than COVID?
From Fox News:
“More adults between 18 and 45 died of fentanyl overdoses in 2020 than COVID-19, motor vehicle accidents, cancer and suicide
“Fentanyl overdoses have surged to the leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 18 and 45, according to an analysis of U.S. government data.
“Between 2020 and 2021, nearly 79,000 people between 18 and 45 years old — 37,208 in 2020 and 41,587 in 2021 — died of fentanyl overdoses, the data analysis from opioid awareness organization Families Against Fentanyl shows.”
What makes fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, so deadly is that even in small amounts, it can be fatal. Most who die from overdoses are not even aware they consumed the drug because it is typically infused in popular street drugs like marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, and others. It is usually trafficked into the country from China and Mexico, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
On the other hand, more than 53,000 people between the ages of 18 and 49 succumbed to COVID-19 between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 15, 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – and the CDC’s age range for COVID deaths is broader by four years.
“This is a national emergency. America’s young adults — thousands of unsuspecting Americans — are being poisoned,” James Rauh, founder of Families Against Fentanyl, explained in a written statement. “It is widely known that illicit fentanyl is driving the massive spike in drug-related deaths. A new approach to this catastrophe is needed.”
Rauh, whose son died from an overdose, suggested that the government declare fentanyl a “Weapon of Mass Destruction” so more resources could be allocated towards targeting manufacturers “and save American lives.”
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) captured record levels of fentanyl at the border in 2021. Indeed, The Washington Examiner noted that “[f]or the first time in America’s history, federal law enforcement stationed at the borders intercepted more smuggled fentanyl than heroin over the last year.”
Why So Silent?
Most left-leaning activist media outlets have refused to inform their audiences of the urgency of the fentanyl problem. While some have reported about the increased rate of opioid overdose deaths, they have not acknowledged that, for younger adults, it is far more dangerous than the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Newsbusters’ Curtis Houck explained, “covering this tragedy would require the liberal media to at least tread toward promoting border security and standing up to communist China.” He continued: “As opposed to the silence from ABC, CBS, and NBC, the Fox News Channel (FNC) has covered it over a dozen times.”
This is not to say the COVID-19 problem is not worth the nation’s attention. But the news about fentanyl overdoses is far more pressing for young adults than the coronavirus, and one would think it deserves at least an equal amount of focus. Unfortunately, the activist media took off its journalism hat and burned it in a Viking-style funeral pyre years ago, meaning that it is no longer interested in giving national attention to issues that are not useful for pushing their political agenda. Meanwhile, Americans dying needless deaths go ignored. But realistically, what else would we expect from our vaunted Fourth Estate?
~ Read more from Jeff Charles.