‘America’s Silent Killer’: Boebert Wants to Classify Fentanyl as WMD

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has an idea for cracking down on fentanyl.

The Republican from Colorado wants to classify fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction (WMD).

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“Back home in Colorado, almost everyone I talk to knows someone who has died from fentanyl,” said Boebert in a press release. “Fentanyl is America’s silent killer and is now the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18 to 45.”

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It is so bad now that Boebert one American dies of fentanyl every eight-and-a-half minutes. The sad thing, said Boebert, is that it does not have to be this way.

“National security experts know that the vast majority of deadly fentanyl plaguing our communities comes across the southern border, and just last year, Border Patrol encountered enough fentanyl at the border to kill every American seven times over,” said Boebert. “There is no way around it—the Biden Border Crisis is killing Americans. It is time to call fentanyl what it is: a weapon of mass destruction that is destroying our nation.”

The “Fentanyl is a WMD Act” would direct the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office to allocate resources to stopping what Boebert called “the scourge that fentanyl has unleashed” on our nation.

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“This policy innovation will increase interagency coordination to stop fentanyl and will increase resources for technology development, deployment of sensors to detect fentanyl, and analytical data-based decision-making,” said Boebert. “This additional support will assist our brave men and women of Border Patrol who are already serving on the front lines to interdict deadly fentanyl flowing into our country across the porous southern border.”

Co-Sponsors include Representatives Mary Miller (R-IL), Dan Bishop (R-NC), Ralph Norman (SC-05), Paul Gosar (R-Arizona), and Clay Higgins (LA-03).

Representative Boebert’s legislation only targets the illicit use of fentanyl. It will not interfere with legal, medical use of fentanyl.