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The fentanyl crisis is killing more Texans than ever before. Victims are getting younger and most people don’t even know they’re taking it. It’s extremely easy to overdose on fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, and people are losing their loved ones. They want you to hear their stories so that they can hopefully help save a life and prevent others from going through what they went through. Some of them have formed non-profit organizations to spread the message. You’ll also learn more about drug trafficking and how law enforcement is attempting to combat the overdose crisis.

Published in 2023

Viewing Time: 28 minutes


“The crisis has spiraled out of control. Over 5 years in Harris County, fentanyl related deaths shot up 467%, and for victims 21 and under it’s more distressing – a 933% spike.”

“The synthetic opioid binds to receptors in the brain to block out pain. It produces an incredible high and is highly addictive – key to a drug trafficker’s bottom line.”

“When we send our pills to the lab, 6 out of 10 pills are coming back as a lethal dosage. You’re playing with your life and there’s a 60% chance that you’ll end up losing.

“At border crossings like this one, it’s a numbers game, a game of odds for fentanyl smugglers who are keenly aware that with so much traffic, U.S. Customs and Border Protection simply cannot inspect it all.”

“You can smuggle a small amount of fentanyl into the United States and you’re going to be able to make more money off of that than you would cocaine or heroin.”

“Mexican cartels are buying raw ingredients from China and shipping them here to Mexico where they’re creating fentanyl in clandestine labs that have no quality control, no pharmaceutical standards – basically making it in bathtubs and garages and back alley drug labs. Then they hire runners to bring it up north playing the odds they won’t undergo a full-blown inspection.”

Screenshot from One Pill: Fighting Fentanyl; the fentanyl crisis, opioid, overdose

“It has to have touched some lives somewhere. Somewhere there’s got to be one person who’s alive because they saw what they did.”


“Computer servers on site and in the cloud work around the clock to flag thousands of drug related keywords. We collect that data and use our machine learning to classify that data for those people who are explicitly selling and then we visualize it so that different clients can use that information to take action.”

“Becky started a non-profit, A Change for Cam, in her son’s honor and turned her pain into a passion for raising awareness. She’s one of many parents refusing to sit on the sidelines as more die.”

“Sarah and three other grieving moms found purpose in their pain and began the Texas Memorial Walkway … ‘this is to maybe stop somebody from going through what we had to go through and to let people know that it can happen to anybody.’ That’s the message they take on the road as part of M-COPE, Montgomery County Overdose Prevention Endeavor. [They also have a Facebook group]

“Everyone has a role to play in fighting the fentanyl crisis. There is no single solution, no one size fits all. But as the death toll continues to climb, one thing is abundantly clear – doing nothing is not an option.

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