FLORIDA POLITICS – Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to justify killing people illegally crossing the Mexican border, and that it won’t take too many of these executions to get the message across.
DeSantis noted that not all border crossers will be presumed to be members of drug cartels.
“I mean, if they’re trying to break through the wall, we will have deadly force authorized to be able to stop that,” DeSantis said. “Cartel members, I mean, you have to identify them as being hostile. I mean, if there’s, if there’s a woman with a baby, they’re not a cartel member, there’s not going to be authorization to just shoot somebody like that.”
The Governor continues to take a tough stand against the porosity of the Mexican border … read more.
“And so our message for the Mexican cartels is if you break into our country and you try to run drugs when I’m President, it would be the last thing you do because you’re going to end up stone cold dead at the border.”
Fentanyl mixed with cocaine or meth is driving the ‘4th wave’ of the overdose crisis
By Scott Maucione, September 14, 2023
Heard on Morning Edition, WYPR – 88.1 FM – The mixture of stimulants like cocaine and meth with highly potent synthetic opioids is a fast-growing driver of fatal overdoses in the U.S.
Since 2010, overdoses involving both stimulants and fentanyl have increased 50-fold, and now account for 32% of U.S. overdoses in 2021 and nearly 35,000 deaths, according to a study published Thursday in the scientific journal Addiction.
“We’re now seeing that the use of fentanyl together with stimulants is rapidly becoming the dominant force in the U.S. overdose crisis,” says Joseph Friedman, the lead author of the study and a researcher at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.
“Fentanyl has ushered in a polysubstance overdose crisis, meaning that people are mixing fentanyl with other drugs, like stimulants, but also countless other synthetic substances.”
The study authors call the rise in these polysubstance overdoses a “fourth” wave in the opioid crisis.
The first was characterized by the rise in prescription opioids starting in the early 2000s, the second by heroin’s rise starting around 2010 and the third, fentanyl circa 2013 … read more.