A Special Agent for the US Drug Enforcement Agency highlighted the escalating crisis taking place along the US-Mexico border Thursday; saying the flood of “Mexican Oxy” was causing the worst drug epidemic seen in more than “30 years.”
“It’s the worst I’ve seen in 30 years, this toll that it’s taken on families,” said Doug Coleman, the Drug Enforcement Administration special agent for Arizona. “The crack (cocaine) crisis was not as bad.”
The comments come as Arizona and other border states struggle with an influx of Fentanyl -locally referred to as ‘Mexican Oxy’- causing a series of deaths across the region.
“The death of Chavez and many others, officials said, illustrate how Arizona and other southwestern states bordering Mexico have become a hot spot in the nation’s fentanyl crisis. Fentanyl deaths tripled in Arizona alone from 2015 through 2017,” adds ABC Arizona.
Read the full report at ABC Arizona.