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Fentanyl taking greater toll

By M.D, Kittle

Wisconsin Spotlight | Nov. 23, 2022

MADISON — Wisconsin hit another deadly record in 2021, with more than 1,400 people dying of opioid overdoses.

The latest data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services underscore an epidemic that has been fueled in large part by President Biden’s porous border policies. Record levels of fentanyl are entering the U.S. through Mexico, leaving a wake of destruction.

According to DHS, there were 1,427 opioid-related deaths last year in the Badger State, a 16 percent increase over 2020, and a 70 percent jump in deaths from 2018.

More than 1,300 of the state’s opioid-related deaths last year involved synthetic opioids — most of those, fentanyl.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there were some 107,600 overdose deaths between July 2021 and June 2022. Overdoses from synthetic opioids are the leading cause of death for adults ages 18-45, according to a review from Michigan State University researcher Matthew Myers.

A report earlier this year from a bipartisan federal commission found fentanyl is  mainly being manufactured in Mexico labs using chemicals from China.

Record numbers of illegal immigrants pouring into a broken southern border is only exacerbating the fentanyl crisis in America.

Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter to Biden highlighting the record-breaking level of illegal immigration at America’s southern border “caused by the President’s sustained dereliction of duty enforcing the nation’s immigration laws.”

“Prior to President Biden taking office, America had some of the lowest illegal-immigration totals seen in decades, however, over the past year-and-a-half that volume has skyrocketed to more than 2 million immigrants trying to enter the country illegally,” Abbott wrote.

The governor has been forced to escalate the unprecedented efforts of the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Military Department to secure the Texas-Mexico border.

Border agents are in increasing danger from the scourge of fentanyl. Earlier this month federal lawmakers introduced the  Prevent Exposure to Narcotics and Toxins (PREVENT) Act, which will provide drug containment devices to frontline border patrol agents. The bipartisan legislation ensures law enforcement officers operating on the front line are protected from secondary exposure to dangerous drugs.

“Dangerous and deadly drugs like fentanyl are coming across the southern border, poisoning our streets and causing a spike in overdose deaths,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Curbing this alarming trend begins at the border with our brave border patrol officers, who form the first line of defense. We must ensure they have the protection and training needed to stay safe.”

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said earlier this month that the Justice Department “will never give up in our effort to protect American lives.”

“We will continue to work tirelessly to get deadly drugs – including fentanyl — out of our communities,” Garland said at the first-ever Family Summit on the Opioid Overdose Epidemic.

If the attorney general can be believed, the president who nominated him is making the Justice Department’s job much more difficult thanks to his failure to secure the border.

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