Coronavirus Pandemic Drives Up Price of Heroin, Meth, and Fentanyl

The world has fallen into a semi-chaotic state ever since the unfortunate arrival of the deadly COVID-19 virus. This virus attacks the lungs, slowly takes away the ability to breathe, ad over 50,000 people have already lost their lives to this virus. However, this isn’t the only thing we need to worry about as the mass populace of the planet. The ongoing pandemic has also jolted the economy, and the prices are going through the roof.

Well, the prices for illegal substances and drugs are also skyrocketing as the Mexican Cartel is having a hard time acquiring Chinese-manufactured elements to create these drugs. Everything, including heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl, is now available at almost double the previous price, and the addict community is having a hard time dealing with the shortage and high prices.

According to a recent interview in the NYPost, US federal law enforcement officials said,

“The cartels are having a lot of difficulties producing drugs right now, and when the supply is low, the price always goes up. China has pretty much-stopped production on the chemicals they need to do business.”

The ongoing pandemic caused by the novel Corona Virus is hitting us from every direction, and this is just another consequence of the virus. The majority of the countries are shut down, and the chemicals are already in shortage due to medicinal purposes.

Chinese labs produce more than 80 percent of the substances used in the creation of illegal drugs, such as benzyl fentanyl, nor fentanyl, and 4-anilinopiperidine. Since China is currently going through lockdown, and all the labs are shut down, the cartels are having a hard time searching for the required materials to make the drugs.

The Sinaloa Cartel and its rival, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, currently control the majority of the drugs across the US. These cartels are well-versed in the art of creating the full list of synthetic opioids such as black market heroin, and due to a lack of supplies, the cartels have to rely on using pricey substitute materials to make the same drugs. This is causing a shortage of drugs in the market and a surge in the price of these drugs.

Corona Virus has hit us all in different ways. The daily wage workers, such as construction workers and fast-food employees, are currently sitting at home without any source of income. Amidst the crisis, the sudden surge in the price of drugs has caused more trouble for the law enforcement authorities, and the necessary steps are being taken to tackle this situation.