DIXON: Let’s combat the rise of fentanyl and human-trafficking activity

Since taking office, President Biden and his Administration have been derelict in their Constitutional duty to preserve America’s sovereignty and protect its southern border. Drug cartels have greater influence over the flow of goods and people into the United States than our own government. States need to band together and combat the alarming rise of fentanyl and human trafficking activity.

Where Biden and the Democrats have failed to protect us, Republican leaders have stepped up. Many Republican governors have committed to send state law enforcement personnel to do the job. We are grateful for their service to keep Idaho and the other 49 states safe.

Our families have been left vulnerable and hurt as a result of this Administration’s inaction, as overdoses from fentanyl trafficked across the border have become the leading cause of death in people ages 18-45. Until Washington, D.C., decides to take action to address these problems, it is incumbent upon us to step up and do our part to protect our states. Fentanyl deaths are up, and continue to rise in Idaho.

Fifty times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, this synthetic opioid plays a growing role in drug overdoses, according to https://www.cdc.gov/stopoverdose/fentanyl/index.html. The most recent Idaho data shows 353 overdose deaths in 2021 with 152 of those deaths connected to fentanyl.

That is why, in Idaho, H406 has been introduced, which would establish mandatory minimum sentences to combat trafficking activities within the state. This bill has passed the House and now the Senate and is on its way to the Governor’s desk. Our objective with this legislation is to send a signal to those that wish to do our families harm that Idaho is a place where their activities are not welcome, and that we will do whatever it takes to protect our own.

I encourage you to call or email the Governor if you support adopting mandatory minimums for fentanyl. Together we can fight the scourge of fentanyl.

I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I will seek re-election to House Seat A in District 24. Together, we have done great work delivering results for the Magic Valley, but the work is not done. It has been the honor of a lifetime to represent you in the Statehouse, and it would be an even greater one to get your support to continue doing so.