Over 100,000 Americans died from overdoses in the last year, a number that continues to skyrocket. More Americans aged 18-45 died of fentanyl overdoses than died of COVID in the last two years. The vast majority of illegal drugs such as fentanyl are produced in China and Mexico and then smuggled across the Southern Border.
We must also care for our fellow citizens who have become afflicted with an addiction pushed on them by a combination of the ambivalence of our leaders and the greed of drug smugglers. We should provide detox treatment for all affected citizens and make methadone and other drugs that help addiction available at a reduced price.
We must also give law enforcement the tools to aggressively go after drug dealers, including ensuring high mandatory minimum prison sentences.