VP Kamala Harris in public remarks this week about the country’s fentanyl crisis focused mostly on addiction and overdose treatments, devoting less time to root causes for the mass influx of the drug into the U.S. – including China as a major supplier and the U.S.-Mexico border as a primary port of entry.
“We each recognize and have joined together today because we are facing a public health crisis,” Harris said before meeting with seven attorneys general at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, in Washington, D.C.
Harris, President Biden’s immigration czar, also called in her remarks for a fentanyl response that “addresses the underlying public health concerns.”
But the top concerns she listed were addiction and treatment, before briefly mentioning “public safety and an appropriate law enforcement response” regarding “what we know to be trafficking and some of the motivation for the the passage of fentanyl throughout our country and across our borders.”
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid. Just two milligrams of fentanyl is enough to kill someone.
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