Los Angeles County Department of Public Health warns of “unprecedented and overwhelming” amount of fentanyl at LAX

12,000 suspected fentanyl pills found in candy boxes at LAX security checkpoint, DEA says

In the wake of the nation’s opioid crisis, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health warned that L.A. International Airport had been exposed as an epicenter of drug dealing because of the “unprecedented and overwhelming” amount of fentanyl seized on the airport.

The Public Health Department’s report warned that since the beginning of 2018, fentanyl seizures have increased tenfold, with hundreds of thousands of suspected fentanyl pills reported at the airport, including at the entrance to Terminal 3 at LAX.

L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz said earlier this year that he was “very concerned” about the amount of heroin found in the city. “I’m sure there is some truth in what they are saying,” he said.

According to the Los Angeles Health Department, the fentanyl seizure at Terminal 3 of LAX was the largest in airport history in terms of both quantity and frequency. The fentanyl was found in candy boxes, said the Department’s director, Dr. Mardyla Garcia.

There are concerns that the fentanyl coming into LAX from China could be a growing worry for travelers at the airport.

“My understanding is that the fentanyl has been transported from China. There are a number of people who have died in LAX and in other LAX locations that have been linked to this fentanyl,” said Dr. David S. Wyman, a professor of medicine and toxicology at UCLA and former chief of the National Institute for Drug Abuse.

“If that’s the case, this is a real concern,” he added. “It wouldn’t be good if we stopped a drug that we know is deadly.”

He added, “That doesn’t mean we have to ban the drug that is in that container; we’re just very concerned.”

Wyman praised the Department of Public Health, but said it could take weeks to see what the result of the investigation is.

“That’s the problem with many of these investigations; you don’t know what’s going to happen

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