Homeland Security Considers Labeling Fentanyl A Weapon Of Mass Destruction

Bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, are displayed before a press conference regarding a major drug bust, at the office of the New York Attorney General, September 23, 2016 in New York City.

The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly considering classifying the opioid fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction, according to memo obtained by Task & Purpose.

The memo, dated February 22, said officials have “long regarded fentanyl as a chemical weapons threat,” and that the drug would be labeled a WMD when “certain criteria” were met, CNBC reported.

James McDonnell, an assistant secretary at DHS, who allegedly wrote the memo, said the drug’s “high toxicity and increasing availability are attractive to threat actors seeking nonconventional materials for a chemical attack.”

McDonnell added that “as little as two to three milligrams of fentanyl can induce respiratory depression, respiratory arrest and possibly death.”

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by – inquisitr.com