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Idaho sheriff says area is ‘overwhelmed’ with fentanyl overdoses: ‘It’s on everyone’s doorstep’


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An Idaho sheriff told “Fox & Friends First” on Friday that his county was “overwhelmed” with fentanyl seizures and overdoses due to the Biden administration’s open-border policies. Donahue pointed out that the deadly drug affects every community in the United States.

“These are numbers we’ve never seen before, literally unprecedented and fentanyl is on everyone’s doorstep because of this porous border and because of the cartels and the amount of supply they’re crossing the southern border,” Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue said.

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the Drug Enforcement Administration warns of a ‘nationwide spike’ in massive fentanyl-related overdoses as he says the drug is killing Americans at an ‘unprecedented’ rate – deaths that leading Republicans link to the ongoing crisis in the southern border.

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The agency said many victims thought they were taking cocaine and did not know it was mixed with fentanyl – a deadly drug that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

MCALLEN, TEXAS – MARCH 23: A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) soldier watches the Rio Grande at the US-Mexico border on March 23, 2021 in McAllen, Texas. Texas DPS soldiers participate in Operation Lone Star to assist U.S. Border Patrol agents in “stopping Mexican cartels and other smugglers from transporting drugs and people into Texas.” (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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Speaking to hosts Carley Shimkus and Ashley Strohmier, Donahue described how fentanyl plays a role in the majority of overdose deaths in his jurisdiction and in the United States.

“We lost 105,000 people last year to overdose, 66% of which can be attributed to fentanyl. These are staggering and terrifying numbers in this country, and we are preparing for what is to come next. “

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Shimkus asked the sheriff if he had a message for President Biden.

“This is unacceptable, and the president must take responsibility and the administration must help our colleagues at the border,” he said.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report

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