Earlier this week, I hosted a round table in Goodyear, Arizona to discuss the deadly effects of fentanyl throughout the country, including right here in Arizona. I am incredibly grateful to the dozens of community leaders, law enforcement officials and families who lost loved ones from fentanyl who joined me for this important discussion.
Our open borders have allowed drug and sex traffickers free reign to inflict terror in our country. Fentanyl is destroying our communities and families. It is killing our children and loved ones. More than 105,000 people died last year from fentanyl. Many, if not most, have no idea that the drugs they’re taking contain fentanyl. The synthetic drug is 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroine. Fentanyl is now the leading cause of death in America among 18 to 45 year-olds.
Disturbingly, most of the fentanyl in our communities finds its way there via our open southern border. Law enforcement officials along the border continue to seize record amounts of fentanyl, yet much still gets through as officials struggle to keep up with the drug smugglers along the U.S. - Mexico border.
Congress and Mr. Biden can immediately take action to stop the influx of fentanyl pouring into our country. Stopping the flow of fentanyl begins with sealing off our border to protect our communities from this deadly drug.
Fentanyl is manufactured in Chinese labs and sent to Mexico, where drug cartels make fake pills and other drugs, mix in fentanyl, and easily smuggle it across our southern border. China must be held accountable for directly contributing to this crisis in our communities.
Congress can also make permanent fentanyl’s Schedule 1 classification to ensure law enforcement has the tools they need to combat this threat and take swift action against traffickers of this deadly drug.
I’d like to thank everyone who attended and participated in this important round table. They included Sheriff Lamb, Sheriff Schuster, Police Chief Hall, Dawn Metz, Kari Lake, Thomas Sauer-CEO MacArthur Group, Rehab Facility, Larry Tracey- Executive Director Youth4Youth and several others. I greatly appreciate the families who have been impacted by fentanyl, including losing their loved ones, for sharing their heartbreaking stories.
Congress must also address the illegal role of Snapchat and other social media applications that are knowingly being used by drug dealers to kill our children and young adults.
I encourage you to read my entire statement about this important roundtable here.