The new wave of deadly synthetic drugs of Fentanyl and Carfentanil have become an epidemic in our nation. At the beginning of 2020, the statistics of overdose deaths from these deadly drugs started at 230. As the data continues to mount, the death rate has risen to almost 300 deaths a day in this Country. Higher rates than the Covid-19 virus, suicide, and drunk driving. In Oxford alone, since the fall of 2020 through the first week in January 2021, there were six fentanyl deaths. In the first two weeks of January, there were 11 overdoses. In Madison, there have been 3 deaths of Fentanyl in the month of March. These numbers will only get worse with the new administration allowing open borders.
Because there is no law established in the State of Mississippi, drug dealers are blatantly preparing drugs laced with Fentanyl and marketing to our children with no consequences of their actions. Aren’t drunk drivers held accountable? Aren’t addicts that steal and/or kill held accountable? What is the difference in preparing with the intent to distribute a deadly drug? Why are these dealers not being held accountable for mixing and preparing a deadly drug and distributing it to our children? The Mississippi Legislature must take action and pass a law that will hold drug dealers accountable immediately.
The State of Oregon decriminalized all drugs and are now seeing overdose death rates soar. There will always be drug dealers as long as there are deadly drugs such as fentanyl. Decriminalizing drugs will only give them more product to tamper with. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this crisis, however, I am hopeful that the new Bill authored by Representative Nick Bain of Alcorn County (Chairman of Judiciary B) and Representative Jill Ford of Madison County will make its way through both House and Senate in January. HB1140, authored by Representative Trey Lamar and presented in Committee by Representative Jill Ford, died in the Senate this last session. How many children will die from fentanyl before next session begins?
There will be a combined Judiciary B and Drug Policy Hearing on the upcoming Bill for all parties involved to be able to speak. Parents who have lost children to overdoses will be invited to hold pictures of their beautiful children as a way to show their support of passing a law to hold dealers accountable. The hearing will be held in Room 113 at the Mississippi State Capitol and is opened to the public.
Written by: Cordie Rodenbaugh, Mother of Parker who died of a drug overdose.