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The Fentanyl Crisis in America is Getting Worse


10.20.22

Our Commitment to America is to Secure the Border, Stop the Scourge, & Save Lives 

The fentanyl crisis is killing more people than ever and plaguing communities across America – and it’s being fueled by President Biden and his failure to secure the southern border.

In 2021, nearly 108,000 people died of drug overdoses; 71,000 of whom died from fentanyl or fentanyl-related substances. Illicit fentanyl overdose deaths among teens accounted for 77% of adolescent overdose deaths in 2021. Illicit fentanyl overdoses are now the number one cause of death among adults 18-45 – more than COVID-19, cancer, heart disease, and all other accidents.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently issued a report on the opioid crisis, including the worsening fentanyl crisis.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • “Deaths involving opioids increased dramatically during the pandemic, driven by a sharp increase in fatalities involving fentanyl.”
  • “A fourth wave of the crisis seems to be emerging, one characterized by the use of illegally manufactured opioids in combination with psychostimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine.”
  • “In September 2021, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a public safety alert about the increase in counterfeit prescription pills that contain fentanyl and methamphetamine.” This was the first public safety alert in six years.
  • “Mexico is the primary source of illicitly manufactured fentanyl, which is made from precursor chemicals that are largely purchased from China.”
  • “Fentanyl can be produced more cheaply than heroin because it is made from ingredients in a lab. In addition, the chemicals required to make fentanyl are not always regulated and can be acquired relatively easily from countries that produce chemicals and pharmaceuticals— allowing fentanyl manufacturers to adjust if the supply from a particular source is reduced.”
  • “The supply of fentanyl and related substances increased because of changes in the market for those drugs. The ability to purchase such substances online (and the associated use of shipping services for distribution) has facilitated the purchase of fentanyl, related substances, and the precursor chemicals for making fentanyl, because they are relatively cheap to transport over long distances by mail and parcel delivery.”

In short, the report further reveals how fentanyl is easily and cheaply made, easily smuggled across our southern border from Mexico, and easily accessible through online platforms like Snapchat and Instagram.

To protect communities across the country, House Republicans’ Commitment to America is to secure the southern border and help stop the record amount of fentanyl killing more people than ever, including children and young adults.

The HALT Fentanyl Act, led by E&C Leaders Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Bob Latta (R-OH), would make the emergency class-wide scheduling order for fentanyl-related substances permanent and give law enforcement the tools they need to keep these extremely lethal and dangerous drugs off our streets.

Because of their soft-on-crime agenda, Democrats blocked this three times on the House floor. They refuse to help address record-high overdose deaths from deadly fentanyl-related substances crossing our border.

We’re also demanding Big Tech platforms do more to crack down on illegal fentanyl sales and prevent criminals from exploiting these platforms to sell this deadly poison. They are buying counterfeit pills from drug dealers on Snapchat, TikTok, and Instagram that they believe are something else but are laced with fentanyl. As the DEA’s Public Safety Alert warned, these counterfeit pills are killing children and young adults instantly.

Bottomline: Americans want a secure border and safer communities, and they want leadership that reflects these priorities, which includes keeping dangerous drugs – like fentanyl – from entering our country and poisoning our loved ones. House Republicans are committed to delivering on this promise and keeping our families safe. After a year marked by tragic death, it’s time we retake control of our communities.

CLICK HERE to read more on House Republicans’ Commitment to America.

CLICK HERE for Faces of the Fentanyl Crisis.


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