WHY FUND

Senator Melissa Melendez SB 350 Press Conference on March 23, 2021.

Why Fund this Fight?

Fentanyl is crossing our borders at an alarming rate. 
  • Fentanyl is cheap and good for the drug business.
  • There is no safe way to manufacture fentanyl-laced drugs.
  • Many batches are produced inside of homes and mixed in bathtubs.
  • There are deadly doses in every batch.
 

BECAUSE Fentanyl is killing our kids at alarming rates 

CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics indicate that there were an estimated 100,306 drug overdose deaths in the United States during 12-month period ending in April 2021, an increase of 28.5% from the 78,056 deaths during the same period the year before.
Drug dealers are using Fentanyl for manufacturing counterfeit prescription drugs.
  •  Kids and students are self-medicating, seeking prescription pills, and selling a counterfeit versions. These buyers are unaware that they are purchasing a potentially deadly fake version of the real thing. 
  •  While self-medicating is illegal, no person deserves to die from consuming a pill they didn’t set out to buy.
 

BECAUSE you will be funding Prevention

 Education is the key to winning this fight against Fentanyl.
  • The general public dismisses these deaths as overdoses when consuming a lethal dose is the actual cause of death.
  •  The amount of Fentanyl it takes to kill a person can fit on the nose of President Lincoln’s face on a U.S. penny.
  • One pill can kill, and the reality is that many unsuspecting people have died after consuming half of a tablet.
  • Both sellers and buyers of illicit prescription medication need to be aware that they are engaging in a deadly transaction and that the chances of receiving Fentanyl laced counterfeit version are great.
  • If you are not getting a prescribed pill with your name on the bottle, chances are it has Fentanyl.