Drug cartels switching to synthetic drugs

The Economist reports how cartels changed their business models to adapt to demand for opioids—a demand created legally by pharmaceutical company advertising and marketing campaigns in the U.S., but now met illegally by low-quality labs outside it.

Police in the U.S. routinely claim that officers have overdosed by merely handling or even being near fentanyl. While this is false and suggestive of delusional or deceptive behavior, the video here of fentanyl being made is quite hairy indeed.