Rick Harrison, renowned for his appearance on the popular television series “Pawn Stars,” recently disclosed the heartbreaking news of his son Adam’s untimely demise due to a fentanyl overdose. Expressing his profound grief, the devastated father attributed this tragic loss to the prevailing “fentanyl crisis” within the nation.
With concern, he emphasized that this crisis is exacerbating as fentanyl effortlessly infiltrates across the borders. During an interview with Fox News, Harrison lamented that the potent synthetic piperidine opioid continues to claim lives unabated, as no significant measures are being taken to address this pressing issue.
“Yes, I can confirm Adam died from a fentanyl overdose,” he said in a statement.
“The fentanyl crisis in this country must be taken more seriously.
“It seems it is just flowing over the borders and nothing is being done about it.
“We must do better,” he urged.
The majority of fentanyl entering the United States is attributed to the Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco Cartel, as stated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“While the cartels’ operations are based in Mexico, DEA has identified more than 50 additional countries where these criminal networks operate,” a DEA press release states.
The agency has reported that cartels procure chemicals from Chinese companies, which they subsequently utilize to produce drugs within Mexico. These drugs, specifically fentanyl, are then extensively trafficked and distributed across the United States.
“Today, fentanyl is the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 18 and 45,” the DEA noted in a press release.
“In calendar year 2023, DEA seized more than 77 million fentanyl pills and nearly 12,000 pounds of fentanyl powder.
“This is the most fentanyl seized by DEA in a single year.
“It amounts to more than 386 million deadly doses of fentanyl—enough to kill every American.”
According to the press release, Cheryl Ortiz, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA New Jersey Field Division, characterized the drug as “the greatest threat to our nation.”