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Drugs & Crime

This is not only a problem in our State but is one across the entire nation.  We lost over 100,000 U.S. citizens in 2021; mostly our young adults, to overdose of drugs.  For the life of me I can’t figure out how the Fed’s have not stopped this problem.  Past Presidential Administrations seem to have been very inadequate in their execution of the ‘War on Drugs’.  If it’s funding, manpower or the lack of surveillance equipment we need to address this to protect the lives of our young people.  I have  personally known, several families that have lost members of their children or young adults to overdose.  The pain upon their face and from their heart was apparent.  We should not be lenient with drug dealers.  They should be charged with a class C felony and be incarcerated for long prison terms.

We’ve got to get serious and stop this; not only here but South of the border from us. Our greatest drug problem lies with fentanyl.  Too many of our families grieve the loss of their beloved children to the use of illicit fentanyl, a synthetic opioid.  It can be 100 times more potent than heroin, cheaper and easier to  manufacturer and more addictive.  It Carries a greater risk of overdose, especially for young people.  We should implement the following:

.  Begin educating young children and adults about fentanyl risks in our classrooms.

.  Making more available through our retail pharmacies naloxone and distributed to people who may be at risk for overdose by first responders, law enforcement, community social services and community-based organizations.

1.  Develop a statewide rapid response system within our local communities.

2.  Supporting supply reduction.  We can’t  compete with the drug cartels without effective law enforcement.

.3. Support treatment expansion.  Substance use disorder treatment works.  

.4. We need to coordinate with our law enforcement within our State to eliminate/reduce this problem and then have REAL enforcement of those laws.  

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