Health July 17, 2023 | 11:36 am

The Minister of Health assures that the drug fentanyl does not circulate in the Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo.- According to the Minister of Public Health, Daniel Rivera, there is no presence of fentanyl in the population addicted to drugs in the Dominican Republic. He stated that there are no records of fentanyl in autopsy reports, and the National Directorate for Drug Control has not seized any of it.

Rivera emphasized that medical-grade fentanyl, which is not mixed with other substances, does not pose risks as seen in Mexico and other countries where it is used illicitly alongside synthetic drugs for recreational purposes.

The minister clarified that the fentanyl entering the country for medical purposes is well controlled by the Drug Directorate and is directly distributed to clinics, with no access for individuals to purchase it at pharmacies.

Rivera also highlighted the assistance program implemented by the Ministry of Public Health called “Ruta de la Salud” (Health Route). This program was developed based on a study revealing that 32% of the population suffers from high blood pressure, 12% have diabetes, and 70% are obese or overweight.

He mentioned that Monte Cristi has the highest prevalence of hypertension, with 50% of the population affected. As a result, the Health Route will focus on that region in the upcoming week.

The Health Route program provides the population with 35 different types of care, including check-ups, diagnostic tests, and treatments. Recent visits to Azua revealed a 37% prevalence of hyperglycemia in the population. However, through the treatments provided, the risks of cardiovascular events and heart attacks are being reduced.

Given the high levels of obesity in the Dominican population, the Health Route includes a one-hour walk as part of the program in different cities each week. This initiative aims to address the fact that 93% of people do not engage in regular physical exercise.

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Paul Tierney
July 17, 2023 12:34 pm

Guess the minister lives in an ideal world. Another denial of many denials! Is it circulating? What are the checks and balances in place for people who handle well controlled drugs? If opportunity arises, drugs are stolen and sold on the black market.

A case in point is about the Dominican sentenced in the US for trafficking fentanyl from the RD. If the drug came from the RD, it is circulating in the RD. At any point in its movement in the RD it is accessible to be distributed.

Last edited 10 months ago by Paul Tierney
July 17, 2023 4:16 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Good Point Paul – The conflicting information leaves the authorities in an awkward situation. It’s a given fact that a small percentage of drug shipments leak into the local population.

Paul Tierney
July 17, 2023 5:36 pm
Reply to  MayaLuna

Agree !

July 17, 2023 11:01 pm

buddy you must be on something to make statement like this …
No habla desbarate por favor , sin vergüenza .. .

July 17, 2023 11:11 pm

“July 17, 2023 | 9:07 am

Dominican sentenced for trafficking Fentanyl from the Dominican Republic”

Today’s article …
Sapienti Sat ?