Citing rising overdose deaths, U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert, R-Colorado, is seeking to have fentanyl classified as a weapon of mass destruction.
“Back home in Colorado, almost everyone I talk to knows someone who died of fentanyl,” Boebert said in a statement. “Fentanyl is America’s silent killer and is now the leading cause of death among Americans aged 18-45. The saddest thing about the fentanyl crisis is that it is preventable.”
Boebert added that the vast majority of fentanyl in the United States crosses the southern border, and Border Patrol agents seized enough fentanyl last year to kill every American seven times.
“There’s no getting around it — Biden’s border crisis is killing Americans,” Boebert continued. “It’s time to call fentanyl what it is: a weapon of mass destruction that is destroying our nation.”
According to Boebert’s office, the bill would list fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction and direct the Department of Homeland Security’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Office to allocate resources to stop the flow of the drug, which is up to 50 times more potent than heroin. and 100 times stronger than morphine.
Boebert’s office explained that the legislation would also increase interagency coordination to prevent fentanyl from crossing the border and increase resources for technology development, such as sensors to detect fentanyl.
The MP’s proposal would only target the illicit use of fentanyl and would not interfere with the legal and medical use of fentanyl.