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Sen. Moran Speaks on the Rise of Fentanyl Deaths Resulting from the Crisis at the Southern Border


Moran: The border is by far the single most important line of defense

By the Office of U.S. Senator for Kansas Jerry Moran


WASHINGTON  U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science – spoke on the Senate Floor to urge the Biden administration to take action to secure the southern border and help stop deadly drugs like fentanyl from illegally entering the United States.

“In 2022 alone, there were around 110,000 overdose deaths,” said Sen. Moran. “That’s a little over 300 deaths a day. Around 70,000 of these deaths were attributed to synthetic opioids and fentanyl – including over 1,200 Kansans. This is a full-blown national security crisis, and it’s time that the administration starts treating it like what it is – a national security crisis, a humanitarian crisis and loss of lives of American citizens.”

“While law enforcement efforts to combat fentanyl trafficking are bipartisan, we have not yet had bipartisan support to seriously close the border to drug traffickers,” continued Sen. Moran. “For all the work the DEA does to disrupt the drug trafficking and distribution networks, the border is, by far, the single most important line of defense.”

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