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ICYMI: Rubio Urges Attention to Fentanyl Crisis
Fentanyl crisis means Biden must fix our southern border to save American lives
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
September 12, 2022
…Fentanyl is now the leading cause of death among adults aged 18-45. Adults are not the only ones in danger, though. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, cartels increasingly target children and young people.
The most obvious instance of this trend is the pills of “rainbow fentanyl” that the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels are smuggling across the border, which law officers have seized in 18 states just this month…. [And as] dealers move their sales to e-commerce sites and links on social media—and lace pills like Percocet and Xanax with more potent fentanyl—they are causing more and more drug overdose deaths….
But even as things get worse, Biden has not given the situation the attention it deserves. So far, all he has done is release a National Drug Control Strategy. A strategy is a good start, but it’s not enough to stop the death rate from rising.
First, the government must restrict the illegal drug market. My “Domain Reform for Unlawful Drug Sellers” or DRUGS Act would enable the Department of Justice and other trusted entities to suspend websites that facilitate the sale of illegal drugs….
Second, the government must heighten legal penalties for selling fentanyl…. I’m introducing a bill that would make the sale of fentanyl eligible to be charged as felony murder when it inevitably kills the user….
Third, we must put greater pressure on Beijing to control fentanyl production at its source…. In 2019, the Senate passed the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, which would empower the government to sanction foreign drug producers, but the bill never made it past the House….
Most importantly, Biden and his fellow Democrats must stop undermining border security. If they want to keep Americans safe and healthy, it’s critical that they start enforcing the rule of law and crack down on illegal immigration….
Every day, more Americans suffer from…[overdose-related] deaths. How many more are needed before Biden and fellow Democrats do what is necessary to stem the overdose epidemic? We must act now if we are to make up for lost ground.