Faces of the Fentanyl Crisis
Sunday, August 21st, is National Fentanyl Awareness and Prevention Day. There’s a fentanyl crisis killing more people than ever and plaguing communities across America – and it’s being fueled by President Biden and his administration’s failure to secure the southern border.
National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day was established to remember those lost to the fentanyl crisis, including teens and young adults like Devin, Hayley, Daniel, Alex, Zach, and Spencer. Their families – and thousands of families across the nation – are speaking out and raising awareness for how just one pill can kill. They don’t want anyone else to experience the pain of losing a child to fentanyl poisoning.
TO SAVE LIVES, WE MUST SECURE THE BORDER AND HALT FENTANYL
Someone in the United States dies every 7.5 minutes from fentanyl poisoning. 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. Illicit fentanyl overdose deaths among teens accounted for 77% of adolescent overdose deaths in 2021. Despite an overdose crisis that is killing more than 100,000 people a year, with illicit fentanyl poisonings causing the majority of overdose deaths, President Biden and his administration have failed to secure the southern border.
From just June 2022 to July 2022, fentanyl seizures increased over 200%, bringing the total amount of poisonous illicit fentanyl seized this fiscal year to OVER 10,000 pounds.
The Biden administration knows its open border agenda is harmful to the security and the safety of communities across the country. Since President Biden took office, there have been over 3.1 million illegal border crossings. It’s created a humanitarian crisis, a national security crisis, and a public health crisis. This isn’t what Americans want. Americans want a secure border and safer communities, and they want leadership that reflects these priorities.
That’s why E&C Leaders Morgan Griffith and Bob Latta are leading on the HALT Fentanyl Act. It would permanently give law enforcement the tools they need to stop fentanyl-related substances from crossing the border, plaguing our communities, and poisoning our children. Democrats have blocked it TWICE on the House Floor.
We’re continuing to push for answers and urge President Biden to secure our southern border to stop the scourge of illegal drugs, especially weapon-grade poisons like illicit fentanyl. Don’t miss these highlights from E&C Republicans ↓