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THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN MINNESOTA
If a 747 airliner crashed every day killing 300 Americans, there’s no doubt we’d consider that a national emergency. So why aren’t we sounding the same alarm when 300 Americans are dying every day from opioids and fentanyl that are coming across our Southern border illegally?
If you are not already familiar with this heartbreaking, grave, and current reality, consider these facts:
Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine and considerably stronger than heroin.
Over 20 Minnesotans overdose and die from opioids each week. Opioid-involved overdose deaths among Minnesotans increased 43% from 2020 to 2021, and the number of deaths has more than doubled since 2019.
Drug deaths nationwide hit a new record in 2022 when 109,680 people died.
Unfortunately, the Democrats in Minnesota who currently hold the trifecta of the governor’s mansion, the state House, and the state Senate have only worsened this crisis. The DFL’sversion of helping addicts is providing free syringes through needle programs, creating safe injection sites, and decriminalizing drug traffickers. During the legislative session last spring, the DFL and Governor Walz passed a RECORD number of laws in a historically PARTISAN fashion – meaning they hardly considered any bills, amendments, or input from Republicans.
|And at the federal level, it’s even worse. Joe Biden has allowed the crisis at the Southern border to continue worsening, and as long as we have an open border, we will have lethal drugs flowing in and harming Americans across the country. |
At the MN GOP, we’re working EVERY DAY to support candidates and legislators who vote against these horrific policies – both here in Minnesota and at the federal level. Elections have consequences, and sadly, this crisis is one of them. Will you make an investment today to support us as we fight to elect candidates who care about this crisis and want to find REAL and LASTING solutions, not “quick fixes” like safe injection sites and free needles? Please consider joining us today at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm.
Team MN GOP