Stolen deadly drug Fentanyl hits the streets of Panama


More than 10,000 units of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine but with the difference that it is up to 100 times more powerful, were lost from the deposits of the Social Security Fund (CSS).The drug that is prescribed for patients with severe or chronic pain and for end-of-life care costs $1.96 per vial, $9.80 for a box of five. And each ampoule of fentanyl-hamelin 50 mcg/ml brings 2 ml. It is a drug for hospital use and its application will depend on the weight of the patient.The Public Ministry (MP) investigates two investigations for the commission of a crime against the public administration for the loss of controlled use medication. Although there is the possibility that other criminal figures are annexed in both cases.The first of the complaints, which prompted the opening of folder 202200082382, was filed by the head of security of the CSS Complex, who pointed out that on November 9, 2022, at the insured service post, an anesthesiologist left a case black plastic with Transparent lid with vials of medicines, including fentanyl.Subsequently, another folder 202300019087 was opened for the commission of the same crime, in which copies of a report prepared by the National Sub-directorate of Health Services Auditorium rest, which evaluates the process of prescription and dispensing of controlled use medication.The core part of the report establishes that the controls of the norms and legal provisions were not complied with, as well as those that regulate the activities and use of controlled substances for medical purposes, which can also translate into a serious administrative fault that can lead to other criminal acts.”The institution is cooperating with everything that the investigative authorities demand in order to clarify this situation,” the CSS said in a statement.Opioids are drugs found naturally in the poppy or opium poppy plant. And when the structure of the drugs is replicated in drug laboratories, we speak of the manufacture of synthetic or semi-synthetic opioids. The drug is to treat severe pain especially after an operation and in advanced stages of cancer.The National Institute on Drug Abuse (Nida) states that when consumed, fentanyl binds to opioid receptors in the brain that control pain and emotions.Fentanyl is one of the biggest health concerns in the United States because it caused 109,000 deaths in one year (2021-2022). And it is that its consumption increases the risk of overdose.According to the Nida, some effects of fentanyl are extreme happiness, lethargy, nausea, confusion, constipation, sedation, breathing problems, and unconsciousness. The popularity of the synthetic opioid has increased because its effect is extremely potent, which is why its use has exploded in the United States.

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