Combatting the Fentanyl Crisis

Noah’s story is unfortunate, but not uncommon.

Noah was a 15 year old boy and student at Johnson High School in Buda. But, in an interview with Axios, his mother, Janel Rodriguez shared the sad news that his life was cut short due to a fentanyl overdose.

With fentanyl overdoses on the rise in central Texas, parents, teachers, administrators and public officials have made desperate pleas for help.

And as our communities raise alarms, President Biden and DC Democrats continue to turn a blind eye.

The Center for Disease Control claims that fentanyl is up to 50 times more potent than heroin, and is an increasing danger to young people in America.

“​​I feel like people don’t realize how serious the issue is — they feel like it won’t happen to their kids,” Rodriguez said in an interview with Axios.

Authorities have seen fentanyl disguised in pill form as other prescription drugs for issues like anxiety and ADHD.

To help combat the issues, the Austin Independent School District distributed Narcan – an emergency drug that saves lives in the event of an overdose – to each of its school districts in the fall.

While our school districts, parents and community leaders continue to search for solutions, Texans all over the state are looking to the White House for an actionable response.

But as President Joe Biden and his designated Border Czar Kamala Harris continue to look for “root causes” to address the immigration crisis for over two years now, the root solution to address the deadly fentanyl crisis is as clear as day: securing our Southern Border.

The fact of the matter is that until our Southern Border is secure, and the federal government takes a decisive stand against the cartels and coyotes bringing fentanyl and other deadly substances into our country, stories like Noah’s are going to continue to become more common.

For Republicans in the Texas Legislature, however,  that is not acceptable.

Legislators like Charles Cunningham, who was supported by the Associated Republicans of Texas, ran and won on doing what Joe Biden won’t.

“While America will always welcome legal immigrants, the Federal Government has abandoned the Texas Border, creating an open season for the cartels and human traffickers,” Cunningham said. “We must take action to secure our border.”