In case you've been completely in the dark for the last decade, you've likely noticed that the United States is currently in the midst of an opioid crisis. This crisis knows no demographic, no race, no gender, no age limit, and no occupation—it hits them all. Due to the government-imposed lockdowns, 2020 marked the deadliest year in history for fatal drug overdoses with fentanyl claiming the lives of countless individuals.
Because the state enforces a drug war which outlaws far safer alternatives, fentanyl has grabbed a large portion of the illegal drug market and these synthetic opioids that are extremely dangerous are flooding the streets. Make no mistake, fentanyl is dangerous and kills people by the thousands but the government's response to it is causing far more harm than good.
Instead of realizing the dangers brought on by enforcing a war on drugs which has led to the thriving illicit fentanyl market, much of law enforcement resorts to violence, fear tactics and propaganda to unsuccessfully scare people into compliance. A propaganda video released by the San Diego County’s Sheriff Department subsequently went viral doing this exact thing.
In the video, which garnered millions of views and whipped the pro-drug war crowd into a rabid frenzy, showed a San Diego Sheriff's deputy allegedly overdosing on fentanyl. Did the deputy snort, inject, or otherwise ingest the substance? No he did not. Instead, the sheriff's department would lead us to believe that he overdosed by merely coming in contact with the drug.
“He (Deputy David Faiivae) found a white substance that he suspected was drugs,” Cpl. Scott Crane said in the video. “I was like, ‘Hey dude, too close. You can’t get too close to it.’ And a couple seconds later, he took some steps back and collapsed.”
“I remember not feeling right, and then I fall back and I don’t remember anything after that,” Faiivae said in the video. “I was trying to gasp for breath, but I couldn’t breathe at all.”
“It’s an invisible killer,” said Crane. “He would have died in the parking lot if he was alone.”
Re-read what the officers claimed happened above and then consider that the mainstream media unquestioningly echoed this rubbish.
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After the department put out the video, mainstream media outlets across the country ran with the headlines that claimed a deputy overdosed merely by being near fentanyl.
When ABC News ran with the headline, "Sheriff's deputy overdoses after exposure to fentanyl during arrest," did they bother to check with experts on the effects of fentanyl exposure? Nope. Instead, they ran cover for the drug war and pushed false information on unsuspecting readers, filling their heads with disinformation in the process. We are waiting for them to be fact-checked but won't be holding our breath.
In reality, where the Free Thought Project chooses to live, it is not possible to overdose from coming in contact with the drug without actually ingesting it. It is not absorbed through the skin. After the video went viral, medical experts quickly weighed in and blew apart the myth but because they don't have an audience like ABC News, the damage was already done.
As a result of being exposed by medical professionals, Gore was forced to admit that he, not a doctor, diagnosed the incident as an overdose; and no toxicology reports were performed. But this didn't change much. Luckily, there are people out their dedicated exposing disinformation in science who are attempting to right this wrong.
Dr. Ryan Marino, MD Medical Toxicologist, Addiction Medicine Specialist and Emergency Physician Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine was one of the physicians to point out that the drug war emperor had no clothes.
“Despite anecdotal reports from nonmedical sources about overdose from ‘exposure’ to fentanyl, it is not possible to overdose on fentanyl or fentanyl analogues through accidental skin contact or from close proximity alone. Fentanyl and fentanyl analogues do not readily cross the skin barrier and do not aerosolize well. The only way to overdose on these substances is from injecting, snorting, or otherwise ingesting them, or in the case of the fentanyl patch, from mixing with an absorbable solvent and applying very large quantities for very long durations of time," he said.
“This misinformation not only hinders appropriate responses to people who use drugs and resuscitations of people experiencing true overdose, but also worsens the stigma faced by people with substance use disorders and has been used to increase criminalization of this already vulnerable group. The fear and worry generated by these reports, too, is likely causing the symptoms of anxiety and panic that people are experiencing in these events.”
Sadly, even though more and more people are realizing that prohibition has only served to worsen America's drug problem, the police state appears to be the only answer from government. When watching the video above and realizing that these people may actually believe the horse manure coming from their mouths, it is no surprise that this public health crisis continues to be "treated" with the barrel of a gun.