In 2021, fentanyl was responsible for 70% of all drug overdose deaths in Kentucky.
In Kentucky, one of the states most hit by the epidemic, the shocking death toll from opioid overdoses and fentanyl trafficking from China has become a major issue in the election for governor.
Governor Andy Beshear is a Democrat, but his opponents in the Republican primary are exploiting the drug crisis as a wedge issue. Only Beshear and two other Democrats now hold the governor’s office in a “red” state.
U.N. Ambassador Kelly Craft told Fox News Digital, “We can do better,” while discussing the need for a “full-court fight” against the influx of fentanyl from China, which was responsible for 70% of the 2,250 overdose deaths in Kentucky in 2021.
Approximately two thousand persons in the State perished thus far in 2022, with just four months left. Of these cases, fentanyl was the offending drug in 73%. The State has not yet revealed the precise data for fatal drug overdoses in 2022.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, fentanyl is responsible for more than 100 deaths per day in the United States. Perhaps more importantly, it remains the world’s primary source and manufacturer of fentanyl.
Since there has been a record number of drug overdose deaths in the state, Craft has criticized Beshear’s administration for not doing enough to tackle the drug crisis in the most recent State of the Commonwealth address.
He never even mentioned fentanyl. Unfortunately, a natural calamity has also struck the state. There is a severe drug problem in America. She just made a proclamation. My current position has not changed. As a bonus, you can count on me to do all in my power to help solve Kentucky’s drug problem.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and President Joe Biden have both disregarded the situation at the border. Moreover, it is not confined to the earth below. Craft made a business claim as she crossed the border. Border fighting has broken out in the state of Kentucky. It’s no secret that fentanyl and other illicit substances are wreaking havoc in our state.
Ryan Quarles, a former senator and the current agriculture commissioner for the state of Kentucky, has made very similar arguments. Fox News broadcasting his criticism, he said that Beshear had failed to bring up the issue with President Joe Biden the previous week.
According to Quarles, the “narcotics epidemic” affects every person in Kentucky. Because ofof the loss of close relatives, Andy Beshear has avoided discussing the matter.
While in office as governor, he has supreme authority in the State. The next logical step is to call Texas Governor Greg Abbott and ask, “What can we do to help?” No one disputes that the uncontrolled Mexican border is a major entry site for fentanyl into the United States. Indeed, that is what he stated.
Although Kentucky is not located on a border, Beshear “supports Joe Biden’s strategy,” as Quarles puts it.
Daniel Cameron, the attorney general of Kentucky, is another vocal opponent of government efforts to curb the drug epidemic. In an interview with Fox News last Friday, he expressed pleasure with his stay thus far and pledged to continue a high production level till the end of his term.
To “never stop confronting the scourge of opioid and fentanyl addiction in our state,” he stated during his inauguration address. Over $840 million in damages were obtained for the state of Kentucky when I was attorney general, thanks to my efforts to mitigate this problem. I have been unrelenting in my demands that President Joe Biden do something to protect the southern border and identify fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction to stop the border catastrophe.
Every day, Fentanyl kills more black males in Kentucky than any other drug. Beshear also doesn’t appear worried about persuading his communist buddies in Washington to aid Kentuckians in limiting the disease’s spread. He firmly declared, “As governor, I will not stand for this.”
In addition to continuing to hold the Biden administration accountable for their failing policies at the southern border, I will fight with our legislators to raise criminal penalties for drug traffickers selling fentanyl. I will also cooperate with law enforcement to ensure they have the resources to remove this poison from our streets.
Fox tried to contact Beshear to get his take on the rising toll of drug-related deaths in Kentucky and what his administration has done/plans to do about it but did not receive a response in a timely fashion.
Tuesday, May 16th, is the primary election day for both the Republicans and the Democrats. I needed to wait.