Fentanyl overdoses in the United States continue to rise at a rapid rate as President Joe Biden’s open border policy enables smugglers to flood the nation with the deadly substance.
Fentanyl Overdoses Have Increased Under Biden: 'Not the American Way'
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The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that overdoses increased by approximately 14,000 between 2021 and 2022, and there are no signs of the problem slowing down.
Arizona is one of the hardest hit states by the fentanyl epidemic. Between 2021 and 2022, fentanyl-related deaths spiked 350%, from 2,000 deaths to 7,000 deaths already reported this year.
Phoenix firefighters reported record-breaking incidents of fentanyl overdoses, resulting in a shortage of Narcan, a medicine used to treat opioid overdoses.
President of the United Phoenix Firefighters Association Bryan Willingham said he has never seen anything like it.
“You can be on a truck on one day and respond to three or four different fentanyl overdoses,” stated Willingham. “We could have three, four, five people, literally all of them unconscious… it becomes a very, very stressful critical incident for everybody there.”
A major issue with fentanyl is its potency. Compared to heroin, fentanyl is 50 times stronger. If a drug is laced with just a small amount of fentanyl, unsuspecting users can face life-threatening consequences.
There is little doubt that the flood of illegal immigrants over the U.S.-Mexico border, due to Biden’s lenient border policies, has fueled the rise of fentanyl-related deaths.
Arizona Sheriff Mark Lamb suggested that China is also responsible.
“Centuries ago, there were the Opium Wars that almost brought a dynasty to its knees, and I think that China is now exacting that same fate on the West [and] on America… they’re bringing in the majority of the precursors that it takes to create the fentanyl,” said Lamb. “They give it to the cartels in Mexico, and then Mexico is producing the product that they’re transporting into Arizona and America.”
Lamb linked the increase in fentanyl smuggling directly to Biden’s immigration policy.
“In 2020, we saw a very reduced amount of people coming into this country,” Lamb explained. “That all changed in 2021, and you can put the pieces of the puzzle together, but overnight, the communication lines stopped and the flow of humans and drugs into this country started going out of control.”
“The train was off the tracks,” he added.