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Fentanyl is 30 Times Cheaper To Produce Than Heroin

An article in The Wall Street Journal examining the role of Mexican drug cartels in the flood of fentanyl into the United States, noted that more than 65% of overdose deaths in the US in 2020 were related to synthetic opioids – primarily fentanyl.

Why is fentanyl so attractive to drug cartels that produce it? Low production costs:

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