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Houes Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) wants to classify the synthetic opioid fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction, according to a report from Fox News. Boebert introduced the Fentanyl is a WMD Act on Monday, which would bring in more agencies to assist the Department of Homeland Security in cracking down not he deadly drug.
“The Colorado Republican said the bill would require the ‘assistant secretary for the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to treat fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction’ which would put the opioid under the purview of several agencies, not just DHS.,” Fox News reports.
“This would enable the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Agency, and Department of Defense to better coordinate their efforts and immediately publish the necessary administrative directive to eliminate the threat posed by this deadly substance,” Boebert said in an interview with Fox News Digital.
“We all know how serious the fentanyl crisis is,” she continued. “Fentanyl is the number one cause of death for Americans aged 18 to 45, and it’s not slowing down.”
“Many people have lost friends and family members. And we’re going to try to treat this deadly substance with the seriousness that it deserved, especially with our law enforcement officer,” Boebert continued. “They’re overwhelmed by the fentanyl that is pouring into our community.”
The bill has several House cosponsors — including Reps. Troy Nehls (R-TX), Mary Miller (R-IL), and Bill Posey (R-FL).
Boebert shared news of the bill on Twitter.
“Fentanyl is a weapon of mass destruction. It’s time to aggressively address this crisis!”
Fentanyl is a weapon of mass destruction.
It’s time to aggressively address this crisis!https://t.co/DVTqFRQo6H
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) June 13, 2022