Atlanta, GA – According to recent provisional data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in the 12 months ending in May 2020, the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period.
While overdose deaths were already increasing in the months preceding the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the latest numbers suggest an acceleration of overdose deaths during the pandemic.
Washington, D.C. – Nearly 400 miles of new border wall system is now complete. Just as important, the Donald Trump Administration is prosecuting and deporting violent criminals, stopping the flow of illegal drugs, and closing the loopholes that help human smugglers while hurting our own citizens, including legal immigrants.
“The refugee system—set up to provide refuge for victims of war and persecution who had nowhere else to go, often on an explicitly temporary basis—had long since become a racket,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd writes.
Washington, D.C. – President Donald Trump traveled yesterday to Yuma, Arizona, where he met with Border Patrol officers and gave Americans an update on the border wall with Mexico.
Washington, D.C. – PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Thank you very much. I guess I might begin. It’s an honor to be with you and really brave men and women. The job you do is incredible, and the progress that you’ve made in the last short period of time has been unbelievable.
On April 1st of this year, I announced the launch of a powerful U.S. military law enforcement operation to combat the flow of illegal drugs across the Western Hemisphere. Today I’m pleased to be with Admiral Craig Faller and his team — done an incredible job — at the U.S. Southern Command headquarters to provide an update on this incredible successful effort.
Washington, D.C. – The President’s early decision to increase screening at airports and borders and ban non-U.S. citizens from China from entering the country has helped prevent the coronavirus from spreading. This week, the President appointed Vice President Mike Pence to lead our response effort to the outbreak. My office has been in touch with the Tennessee Department of Health, which will be providing regular updates for Tennesseans.
Recent reforms enacted by Congress, which improved federal, state, and local preparedness and response programs, have helped the United States achieve top-ranked status as the country best prepared to deal with a potential pandemic.
Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville Police Department (CPD) reports that among 242 investigations of unattended deaths conducted in 2019 by the the department’s Special Operations Unit, 55 deaths are suspected to be related to drug overdoses, primarily Fentanyl.
So far, of those 55 deaths — including suicides and homicides — 17 have been confirmed with overdose as the primary cause of death. In 37 of the investigations, drugs or paraphernalia were found.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on legislation that passed in the Senate to designate all forms of illegal fentanyl as Schedule 1 narcotics.
“Last year, more Tennesseans died from opioid overdoses than were killed in car crashes. And the leading cause of these opioid related deaths was fentanyl – a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin,” Senator Alexander said. “The opioid crisis is ravaging Tennessee communities, and by designating all forms of illegal fentanyl as Schedule I controlled substances, this bill will save thousands of Tennessee lives.”
Lamar Alexander says Congress Would Save Lives of Thousands of Tennesseans by Controlling All Forms of Fentanyl
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would designate all types of fentanyl as Schedule 1 narcotics.
“Last year, more Tennesseans died from opioid overdoses than were killed in car crashes. Fentanyl – a synthetic opioid that can be 50 times stronger than heroin – was the leading cause of these opioid related deaths.” Alexander said. “The opioid crisis is ravaging Tennessee communities, and permanently designating all forms of fentanyl as controlled substances, which the bill I cosponsored does, will save thousands of lives.”
Washington, D.C. – Tennesseans have grown frustrated with a federal bureaucracy that is distant and unresponsive.
Senator Josh Hawley’s (R-Mo.) HIRE ACT, which I’m cosponsoring, will move federal agencies closer to the communities they serve.
Tennessee is a leader in education reform, and placing the U.S. Department of Education in the Volunteer State will provide it with a productive home. Learn more here.
Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, September 26th, 2019, United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the bill he voted for today in the Senate Appropriations Committee would help secure our Southern border and take another step in the fight against the opioids crisis by helping stop illicit opioids, including heroin and fentanyl, from entering the United States.
“I support the president on border security, and I commend him for pursuing funding for the border wall in the right way – by asking the Congress for funding, allowing Congress to consider his request, and working with Congress to achieve a result.” Alexander said.
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