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Fentanyl crisis tops agenda at U.S. mayors’ conference

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has highlighted the alarming rise of fentanyl as the leading cause of death among Americans aged 18 to 49. Addressing the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 92nd Winter Meeting, Blinken emphasized the need for a global effort to combat the fentanyl crisis, pointing out that the drug’s ingredients often originate in China before being processed in Mexico and entering the United States.

The issue of fentanyl’s deadly impact has sparked varied responses from lawmakers. Texas Congressman Chip Roy (R-Texas) criticized the Democrats for the crisis, citing open borders as a major contributor. Conversely, California Congressman Lou Correa (D-Calif) urged a bipartisan approach, calling for unity in Congress to address the crisis effectively.

Echoing the urgent need for action, Binghamton, New York Mayor Jared Kraham appealed to the Biden administration for increased funding and support. Kraham stressed the necessity for more resources to combat the drug’s devastating effects on American communities, particularly among the youth.