Rick Harrison of “Pawn Stars” fame has said that his son Adam Harrison died due to a fentanyl overdose.
“Yes, I can confirm Adam died from a fentanyl overdose,” he said in a statement, according to Fox News Digital. “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.”
Adam Harrison was just 39 years old.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco Cartel are behind the the majority of fentanyl flowing into the U.S.
“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 said that cartels buy chemicals from companies located in China, concoct the drug “in Mexico, and then traffic and distribute finished fentanyl widely throughout the United States.”
“Today, fentanyl is the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 18 and 45. 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,” the DEA noted in a press release.
DEA New Jersey Field Division Special Agent in Charge Cheryl Ortiz described the drug as “the greatest threat to our nation,” according to the press release.
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