Fentanyl Deaths are Surging in Border Communities 

According to United States officials, several American communities just north of the US-Mexico border have experienced an 800% increase in fentanyl deaths in recent years. 

Areas such as Riverside County, that lies between Los Angeles and San Diego, has experienced a shocking 

fentanyl crisis. 

Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin has been one of the most prominent public officials detailing the fentanyl crisis taking place stateside.

According to Hestrin, the number of fentanyl-related deaths has surged by over 800% in the last five years. 

As John Binder of Breitbart News noted, while there are no official figures for 2021 as of now, “the fentanyl death toll is expected to exceed the prior year’s record-breaking total.”

Because of the uptick in the fentanyl death rate, Hestrin has taken it upon himself to pursue drug dealers and even going as far as to charge them with manslaughter when their clients die from fentanyl overdoses.

“We must take a war-like footing against those killing Americans,” declared California Congressman Ken Calvert during a meeting in Temecula. California Congressman Darrell Issa expressed similar sentiments by floating the idea of a policy that would criminally penalize all individuals involved in the chain of fentanyl distribution when an American dies of a fentanyl overdose.

“A finger of fentanyl on your lips, you die, and if someone gives you mouth-to-mouth, they also die,” Issa declared.

Drug overdoses are no joke. At the national level, over 100,000 people have perished due to fentanyl overdoses on an annual basis.

Binder contextualized these fentanyl overdose numbers: 

“Put another way, the U.S. is losing a population the size of South Bend, Indiana, every year from drugs primarily coming across the border.”

Major Mexican drug cartels such as the Sinaloa and Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación are smuggling fentanyl and other hard drugs into the US. These entities actually present a national security threat to the US. 

If we lived under a serious political order, the US would be bringing back its troops stationed overseas and fortifying America’s border. In more extreme scenarios, the US should use special forces to crush Mexican cartels. Such punitive actions would be accompanied by efforts to punish US and Mexican businessmen, politicians, and other actors who cooperate with Mexican cartels. 

These entities, not rising great powers like Russia and China, actually constitute real threats to the US. The political class needs to understand this before it’s too late.

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