Lauren Boebert Introduced Legislation to Classify Fentanyl as a “Weapon of Mass Destruction”

America’s greatest threats aren’t conventional armies from hostile foreign countries. In fact, the current threats America faces tend to be the product of its ruling class’s misguided policies, namely open borders. 

Open borders have not only allowed for millions of illegal aliens to flood into the country but have facilitated mass drug trafficking. The inflow of deadly drugs such as fentanyl stands out.

Synthetic opioids have been responsible for the deaths of 56,516 people according to figures from the National Center for Health Statistics. As a result, Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert introduced legislation, H.R. 8030 on June 13, 2022 that would label fentanyl a weapon of mass destruction (WMD). 

This bill would instruct the assistant secretary heading the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to treat fentanyl as a WMD.

In an interview with Fox News, Boebert said that her bill would grant DHS, the Defense and Justice departments, and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) the power to coordinate their efforts to “eliminate the threat posed by this deadly substance.” 

In an email correspondence with The Hill, Boebert claimed that everyone she talks to in her home state knows someone who has died from fentanyl overdoses. 

“Fentanyl is America’s silent killer and is now the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18 to 45,” she declared. “The saddest thing about the fentanyl crisis is that it is preventable.”

Boebert has picked up nine co-sponsors for her legislation in the House, all which are Republicans. 

The Colorado congresswoman said her bill would not go after legally prescribed fentanyl. Currently, doctors can legally prescribe fentanyl to treat severe pain, but illegally manufactured fentanyl can be lethal even in small doses. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fentanyl can be up to 50 times more potent than heroin and even up to 100 times stronger than morphine.  It is usually mixed with other drugs like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine and manufactured into pills that look like other prescription opioids. 

Over 150 people die on a daily basis from opioid-related overdoses, per CDC data.  

Boebert said to The Hill that the “vast majority” of fentanyl is exported to the US via the southern border. According to a 2020 DEA report, Mexico and China are the primary countries of origin for fentanyl that is smuggled into the United States. 

Indeed, the trafficking of fentanyl constitutes a much larger threat than the monsters of the week that the Defense Department and media yammer on about. The US’s porous border greatly accentuates this issue. Plus, the Deep State’s overzealous foreign policy could generate blowback in the form of external actors like China and Russia exploiting the US’s weak border security. 

The former has been implicated in working with cartels to smuggle drugs across the border that have contributed to America’s ever-growing drug problems. The US can avoid being undermined from within by fully bottling up its border and containing the impact cartels have on the nation. 

This requires a serious national populist coalition to be in control of Congress. 

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