You Vote: Should Biden declare fentanyl a weapon of mass destruction?

Lawmakers, attorneys general push administration to make designation, citing number of Americans killed by narcotic.

Updated: September 27, 2022 - 3:18pm

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Republican Reps. Brad Wenstrup (Ohio) and Michael McCaul (Texas) both told Just the News that the federal government should declare fentanyl a weapon of mass destruction (WMD), arguing the declaration would free up additional federal resources to handle the spread of the deadly substance.

"It is a very serious problem," said Wenstrup. "You would think if something is killing that many Americans, it would be one of the first things that comes out of the mouth of the president of the United States. We're not seeing that. So, we're going to elevate the level of recognition."

McCaul echoed that point, adding there's a foreign policy aspect of this issue.

"It's the number one killer of our children today," said McCaul. "Enough has come across [the southern border] to kill the entire population seven times over. This is an epidemic of huge proportions. It's just out of control. And what inflames me is that it's coming from China, the precursors, into Mexico, coming across ... our border, not to mention the human trafficking elements and the drug cartels having operational control of our border."

Several state attorneys general across the country recently signed a joint letter urging Biden to designate fentanyl as a WMD.

Do you agree with them? Here's your chance to weigh in:

Should the Biden administration declare fentanyl a weapon of mass destruction?