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How many fatal doses of illegal drugs have been seized at the U.S./Mexico border since the outset of 2018?

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Since the outset of 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection have seized enough illegal drugs at the U.S./Mexico border to kill 5.4 billion people. That is 16 times the entire population of the United States, or 69% of the world's population. This includes 33 million fatal doses of cocaine, 180 million fatal doses of heroin, 1.5 billion fatal doses of methamphetamine, and 3.7 billion fatal doses of fentanyl. The amount of drugs that were successfully smuggled across the border is unknown, but more than 70,000 people in the U.S. were killed by drug overdoses in 2019, and the bulk of these drugs came from Mexico, with China supplying most of the chemicals used to manufacture fentanyl in Mexico. From 2010 to 2019, the age-adjusted overdose death rates for the drugs above grew by 3.8 to 11.4 times.

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