U.S.-Mexico Tensions Escalated By Fentanyl Threat

Fentanyl crisis is more lethal than previous drug flows

  • The U.S.-Mexico relationship is being strained by fentanyl smuggling, as politicians on either side of the Rio Grande scramble to respond to a drug trade that now kills over 70,000 U.S. nationals annually.
  • The dangerous synthetic opioid has largely replaced other less-lethal recreational substances on the front burner of regional drug control efforts.
  • The surge of fentanyl has been a boon to cartels such as Sinaloa and Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), who’ve discovered that the drug has few drawbacks from a commercial perspective.