Ryan calls for fentanyl ADM designation in House resolution – The Tribune
AKRON — Families Against Fentanyl welcomed news on Tuesday that U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, introduced a congressional resolution calling on the Biden administration to designate illicit fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction.
H.Res.1172 is the first-ever congressional resolution calling for the designation to address the fentanyl crisis in the United States, the advocacy group pointed out in a new statement.
“The fentanyl crisis is killing our children and devastating our communities,” Ryan said. “There isn’t a corner of Ohio that hasn’t been impacted by this outbreak in some way. We cannot look the other way as this crisis deepens. It’s time for a whole-of-government approach to combat it. It means using all the resources at our disposal to eliminate this from the streets and our neighborhoods. »
Families Against Fentanyl founder James Rauh said Ryan deserves praise “for recognizing the devastating impact of illicit fentanyl on our country and taking bold action to address it.”
“WMD designation would free up unused and underutilized federal resources to cut illicit fentanyl at its source,” Rauh said. “We urge members of the House to join Congressman Ryan as co-sponsors of this resolution, and implore the Biden administration to give this poison the weapon of mass destruction label it deserves. “
Last year, former U.S. Rep. Mary Bono, R-California, joined Families Against Fentanyl in a bipartisan letter featuring national security and political experts calling on Biden to designate illicit fentanyl as a weapon of destruction. massive. A Families Against Fentanyl petition calling for ADM designation has more than 34,000 signatures.
“I am pleased to see the introduction of this resolution calling for strong action to reduce the flow of illicit fentanyl into our communities,” Bono said. “I am grateful to James Rauh and Families Against Fentanyl for working to achieve this important milestone in the fight to save lives.”
In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data predicting that more than 107,000 people died of drug-related causes in the previous calendar year, due to illicit fentanyl. An analysis of CDC data by families against fentanyl in December found that illicit fentanyl was the leading cause of death among Americans aged 18 to 45 – data that has been independently verified.
Families Against Fentanyl was founded in 2019 by Akron, Ohio resident James Rauh and his wife Valorie following the untimely death of their son Tom from fentanyl poisoning. Additional information is available on the Families Against Fentanyl website at familiesagainstfentanyl.org.
Ryan, who represents Ohio’s 13th congressional district, is the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate seat in the November election. The seat is currently held by US Senator Rob Portman, who is retiring.