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ICYMI: Rubio: Biden Must Step Up to Halt Deaths from Fentanyl

Feb 7, 2023 | Press Releases

Americans Will Keep Dying From Fentanyl Until President Biden Steps Up
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
February 7, 2023
The Floridian

…Some are learning to live with fentanyl because they have the resources to adapt. “We bought a bunch of [testing] strips off Amazon,” one young professional explained to New York Magazine. “Our use of cocaine has scaled back because of fentanyl, but if you’re going out…to a party, you want to make sure you have a fun night.”

Not everyone can afford to be so casual, though. For parents, the growing prevalence of fentanyl means a greater likelihood that they will lose a child…. And for the millions of Americans who struggle with substance addiction,…fentanyl means an increased chance that one momentary slip from sobriety will end in irreversible tragedy….

Close to 100 percent of the substances responsible for overdose deaths come to the U.S. through Mexico. But far from keeping the country safe, which is the executive branch’s most basic task, President Biden has encouraged illegal immigration and is resisting efforts to secure the open border.

Biden even sent the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to Miami to brag about his policies. It was tone deaf and dumb. Our lack of border security undoubtedly contributed to Florida’s roughly 3,000 fentanyl-related deaths in 2021 alone….

Biden also appears uninterested in stopping fentanyl production at its source. The synthetic opioid is brewed with chemicals made in China…. Yet the president will not even designate China as a major producer of illegal drugs….

Sadly, the insanity doesn’t end there. This White House has also encouraged drug abuse under the guise of “harm reduction.” The modern left’s idea of helping people in danger of overdosing is handing out crack pipes, allowing homeless people to overrun major cities, and replacing the word “addiction” with “devotion”….

[I]f this president won’t do his job, lawmakers will have to take the lead…. I am pushing the government to sanction foreign drug producers, make the distribution of fentanyl resulting in death chargeable as felony murder, and revamp foreign security assistance to disrupt drug networks before their goods reach our borders….

I will continue to demand that President Biden and the comfortable bureaucrats staffing his administration address the border, crack down on Chinese drug producers, and treat addiction like the lethal problem it is. Americans won’t stop dying until that happens.

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