Overdose deaths from fentanyl poisoning have created a lot of pain and suffering for Mainers, their families and our entire nation. So why hasn’t our government done anything about the trafficking of fentanyl into our country? The U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention has reported that fentanyl is now the no. 1 cause of death for Americans aged 18 to 45, and that overdose deaths in the United States exceeded 100,000 in a 12-month period for the first time. The leadership in Washington, D.C., knows fentanyl is manufactured in China and that the Mexican cartels are making billions and billions of dollars, trafficking thousands of pounds of fentanyl into every city and town in America daily. There are national estimates that about 300 Americans die each day from fentanyl poisoning. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 more powerful than heroin.

Why hasn’t our government done anything?

Overdose deaths from fentanyl poisoning in Maine are increasing at an alarming rate. According to monthly reports released by the Maine Office of the Attorney General and the Office of Behavioral Health, Maine set a record for overdose deaths last year, with over 630 people dying, nearly two deaths a day. And, so far this year, the number of drug overdose deaths in Maine has increased during the first eight months of 2022 over the same period in 2021.

Has our country lost its way? How awful do the fatal overdose reports need to get before the United States is willing to close the border with Mexico and impose strict tariffs on China to stop the flow of fentanyl into America?

Why hasn’t our country done anything?

Gary Chapin

Rockland