Celebrated author and GOP U.S. Senate candidate for Ohio J.D. Vance says he’s not concerned about what is going on between Ukraine and Russia but rather he is focused more on what is coming across the U.S.-Mexico border in terms of cartel fentanyl smuggling.
Tens of thousands of Americans, mostly aged 18-45, have died from fentanyl overdoses in the past year alone, many of the ingredients of which are flowing into Mexico from China.
“I gotta be honest with you, I don’t really care what happens to Ukraine,” Vance tweeted on Feb. 19.
“I do care about the fact that in my community right now the leading cause of death among 18-45 year olds is Mexican fentanyl that’s coming across the southern border,” he added.
“I gotta be honest with you, I don’t really care what happens to Ukraine…I do care about the fact that in my community right now the leading cause of death among 18-45 year olds is Mexican fentanyl that’s coming across the southern border.” – @JDVance1 #OHSen pic.twitter.com/nf6MUzdWM5
— JD Vance for U.S. Senate Press (@JDVancePress) February 19, 2022
According to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), “fentanyl was involved in 76% of overdose deaths in 2019, often in combination with other drugs. That percentage was up from 73% in 2018, 71% in 2017, and 58% in 2016.”
In addition, “Fentanyl was involved in 82% of all heroin-related overdose deaths, 77% of all cocaine-related overdose deaths, and 72% of all psychostimulant/methamphetamine-related overdose deaths,” said the ODH. “Carfentanil was involved in 508 fentanyl-related overdose deaths in 2019 compared with 75 in 2018.”
Also, the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics notes that fentanyl is a factor in more than 50 percent of overdose deaths, and “statistics indicate 42,700 fentanyl overdose deaths in 2020.”
“Fentanyl is 50- to 300-times more potent than morphine,” says the organization. “One kilogram of fentanyl contains 250,000 lethal doses.”
On his first day in office in January 2021, President Biden signed several executive orders loosening tough border enforcement policies enacted by former President Donald Trump.
Since then, illegal immigration has skyrocketed along with cartel-related drug smuggling into the U.S.