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Cornyn: America’s opioid crisis has roots in Mexico

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It's these types of criminals, Texas Senator John Cornyn said, who are partially responsible for the opioid epidemic in our country.

In a speech advocating for the "Opioid Crisis Response Act", the majority whip says the American opioid epidemic has roots in Mexico, and that gangs, cartels, and traffickers are evolving.

"What's happening is enterprising drug traffickers and designers are taking pure fentanyl and cutting it with other substances, sometimes heroin, sometimes cocaine, sometimes methamphetamine. sometimes amateurs use cheaper fillers and less professional equipment, which makes the doses even more dangerous and the people who take it more likely to overdose," Cornyn said.

Senator Cornyn said 200,000 people in Mexico have died due to drug violence in the last ten years, making it the second most dangerous warzone in the world, behind only Syria.

He said the bill will re-authorize many federal programs to combat demand in the United States for opioids and drugs, but the U.S. needs to re-affirm its partnership with Mexico to fight off the cartels.

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