US Senate: Overdose Deaths are a Public Health Crisis

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A resolution was adopted in March 2017 by the United States aimed at raising awareness of the devastating epidemic caused by fentanyl as part of the country’s opioid overdose epidemic.  The co-sponsors of this resolution are listed below.

Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL] 03/08/2017
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH] 03/09/2017
Sen. Angus King, Jr. [I-ME] 03/09/2017
Sen. Pat Toomey [R-PA] 03/09/2017


Below is the latest title of the Senate Resolution 10 from

A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the trafficking of illicit fentanyl into the United States from Mexico and China.

I have quoted several sections from the resolution and a notice sent out by the Senate on this. But, what I would like to know, is what does this mean, what will this actually do?

Among other stated actions, this resolution provides that it is the responsibility of the governments of the United States, China, and Mexico to stop both the production and trafficking of illicit fentanyl, which can be 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin,into the United States.

From my understanding this states that the United States will work with Mexica and china to stop production and trafficking of fentanyl, but what does this do about other types of fentanyl or mixes that are being introduced now?

“The scourge of opioid abuse is a public health crisis that has not spared any area of Pennsylvania, said Sen. Toomey. “While there is no silver bullet on how we can fix this problem, we need to up our efforts to keep dangerous substances, like illicit fentanyl, out of the United States by cutting off production at the source. This includes holding China and Mexico accountable for what is trafficked from their countries into the United States.

Also, how will the government raise awareness? There are 144 people dying every single day in the United States, this is a health crisis. We need to do more. We need to change how we treat addiction. Listen to my friend Richard Jones talk about how we must all step up.