weapon of mass destruction

Report: DHS Warns Extremists Could Use Fentanyl as Weapon of Mass Destruction

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is weighing designating fentanyl as a “weapon of mass destruction” (WMD). The deadly synthetic opioid mainly originates in China and is the top driver of the unprecedented number of fatal drug overdoses in the United States, an internal memo obtained by Task & Purpose revealed this week.

The US opioid epidemic is accelerating, with hospital emergency room visits for overdoses from drugs like heroin, fentanyl and prescription painkillers up 30 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Report: Experts Insist Opioid Fentanyl Could Be Used as ‘Tool of Terror’

Terrorists could potentially use fentanyl – a synthetic opioid is mainly produced in China that is the primary source behind the fatal overdose epidemic in the United States – as a “weapon of mass destruction,” Bloomberg News recently reported, citing experts and echoing other articles.

China says US should curb its demand for opioids