A multitude of Republicans have come out in support of a bill aimed at dealers of the lethal drug Fentanyl.
If passed, any sale of Fentanyl resulting in death via overdose could bring felony murder charges to the individual who sold the drug.
“Criminals poisoning Americans with fentanyl should be treated the same as someone pulling the trigger of a gun,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), a supporter of the bill.
Over a dozen other senators have publicly backed the law, including Tom Cotton (R-AR), Rick Scott (R-FL), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Josh Hawley of Missouri.
The only way to stop anyone from selling a product with unlimited demand is to somehow incentivize them not to. Mandatory jail time or execution has always been the most effective deterrent to crime.
Fentanyl is a man-made opioid with unmatched potency. It’s 100-times more powerful than morphine and 50-times stronger than heroin.
Fentanyl, which comes in many different forms, has taken a toll on Americans. There were just under 58,000 Fentanyl overdose deaths in 2020. By 2021, that number had risen to 71,238. To reiterate, that’s deaths and not just overdoses.
One might ask, ‘why don’t we simply stop manufacturing a drug that’s doing far more harm than good?’ “We did it with Oxycontin,” you might also say. Although Fentanyl is manufactured and prescribed in the United States, the answer to that question is not within our borders.
The answer lies in underground Chinese labs, where the drug is manufactured in massive quantities and shipped across the Pacific. The lethal drug is now easier than ever to smuggle into the U.S. through our wide-open southern border.
The lack of regulation or oversight makes Chinese-made Fentanyl exponentially more dangerous.
The United States has a serious problem on their hands, one that increases in severity with each overdose death. Incentivising drug dealers to find new work is a good start. Let’s hope Marco Rubio and the rest of the GOP can get it across the goal line.