Fentanyl is the leading cause of overdose deaths in America
FRANKFORT, KY – In a letter to Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Attorney General Daniel Cameron slammed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for failing to stop the flow of fentanyl into the United States.
"Fentanyl has taken too many lives in Kentucky and across America, and this Administration doesn't seem to care," said Attorney General Cameron. "But I do. I sent this letter to demand that Joe Biden and Alejandro Mayorkas do their jobs and protect our lives and our families."
Fentanyl is the leading cause of overdose deaths in America, contributing to nearly 73% of overdose deaths in Kentucky and around 67% nationwide (Left: Fentanyl is made available to our young population in very appealing forms as seen in this photo from The Multnomah County, Oregon Sheriff's Office).
In fiscal year 2022, the U.S. government seized over 14,000 pounds of fentanyl—enough to kill many times the population of the United States.
Most fentanyl is made in Mexico. Drug cartels manufacture fentanyl in clandestine laboratories with precursor chemicals sourced mainly from communist China. The cartels then smuggle the finished product across our southern border, where they poison our communities and kill our people.
In his letter, Attorney General Cameron shines a powerful light on the Biden Administration's historic failure at the southern border and demands several simple actions to safeguard our country and people._
"The stakes in stopping fentanyl could not be higher," Attorney General Cameron concludes. "DHS must rededicate itself to controlling our borders, including the people and drugs that so often unlawfully cross."
This is Attorney General Cameron's latest effort to stop the fentanyl crisis. Since taking office, he has urged the Biden Administration to classify fentanyl as a Weapon of Mass Destruction and certain drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations.
To read a copy of today's letter, click here.
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