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(CNN) — Top military and Homeland Security officials are considering classifying fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction, according to an internal DHS memo.
The synthetic opioid, blamed in health surveys for surging drug overdose deaths in the United States, has for decades concerned national security officials because of its potential widespread lethality in terror attacks, and in recent months, officials from DHS and the Pentagon have met to discuss an official WMD designation as a tool to disrupt the drug’s widespread availability on the black market, the memo says.
The article goes on to state the following:
“Fentanyl’s high toxicity and increasing availability are attractive to threat actors seeking nonconventional materials for a chemical weapons attack,” the DHS assistant secretary for countering weapons of mass destruction, James F. McDonnell, wrote in the memo, which was obtained by the military news publication Task & Purpose.
Remember the hunt for WMDs? This is something else. https://t.co/3GlQFEPYdH
— Kelly Jane Torrance (@KJTorrance) April 22, 2019
Fentanyl could be designated as a Weapon of Mass Destruction. https://t.co/d3laeIvKhm
— News4JAX (@wjxt4) April 21, 2019
Officials say it’s easy to weaponize. https://t.co/SWUkmTy6oS
— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) April 21, 2019
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