“Sol Prendido” for Borderland Beat

Over the course of this year 2024, an increase in fentanyl use among women has been noted, according to the Posada del Buen Samaritano rehabilitation center.
They were transporting 150,000 fentanyl pills
Addiction to fentanyl can occur even if one does not seek to consume it. In Sonora, there have been cases where this synthetic opioid is mixed with other drugs to “hook” people who are looking for other types of substances, indicated psychotherapist Paola de la Re.
The operational coordinator of the Posada del Buen Samaritano, a rehabilitation center exclusively for women, mentioned that during the course of this year 2024 there has been an increase in the consumption of fentanyl, which can come indirectly, although there are cases where there is already a direct addiction to this synthetic drug.
“Previous years we had had very sporadic cases of fentanyl, but this year, since the beginning of 2024 to now, it has been much more present; either people who come directly saying that they consume the M-30 as they call it in the streets, synthetic heroin or fentanyl directly,” he said.
However, there are cases in which, when hospitalized for the use of other drugs, such as methamphetamines, laboratory studies, as well as withdrawal symptoms, revealed a dependence on fentanyl.
“Normally they come saying that their consumption is directly from crystal meth, but after three or four days we realize that there are behaviors out of the ordinary and there are certain anomalies, following a certain period they begin to present tremors, nausea, tingling sensations or the feeling that they are burning, something very common in periods of withdrawal from fentanyl,” he added.
More cases of fentanyl addiction detected in women this year
For her part, Flor Garza, director of the rehabilitation center, commented that it is a highly addictive substance and the patients who are hospitalized due to dependence on the synthetic opioid are between 25 and 40 years old, many times there was already an experience prior with other drugs, although hardly anything comparable to fentanyl.
“Obviously it’s to addict them, since they don’t know that in the meth, or what they are consuming in pills, they placed fentanyl in there, what this causes is that from the initial intake they begin to create an addiction and the level of dependency that it generates is impressive,” he noted.
She explained that the detoxification and therapy process for other drugs can take between 2 and 4 months, however, with fentanyl the first month is focused on medical stabilization and later work is done on the psychological area, since dependence on the substance can lead to severe physiological effects, which are generated more quickly compared to other substances, which prolongs treatment.
Sonora, key state for fentanyl trafficking
Due to its border status, Sonora is a key state for the transfer of drugs to the United States, just last Thursday, May 16, the customs authorities at the border port between Nogales, Sonora, and Nogales, Arizona, seized around of 700 thousand fentanyl pills hidden in cans and cardboard containers of different everyday essential products, transported in the trunk of a vehicle that was inspected.
According to data from the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP), so far in the United States fiscal year, which began in October 2023 and ends in September 2024 Border ports in the Tucson, Arizona area have seized a total of 6,506 pounds, equal to 2,951 kilos, of fentanyl.
CBP Drug Seizure Statistics indicate that, during the last fiscal year, between October 2022 and September 2023, 12,680 pounds of fentanyl were seized, equal to 5,751 kilos, in the seven months of the current fiscal year the equivalent of 51.3% has been insured compared to the entire previous period.
It should be noted that the CBP reported that, to date, in the current fiscal year, a total of seven thousand 278 pounds, equal to three thousand 301 kilos, of methamphetamines have been seized, while two cocaine shipments have been seized at border ports. 1,729 pounds, equivalent to 1,237 kilos.
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