“… fentanyl transcends partisanship and ideology.”

January 11, 2024

… fentanyl transcends partisanship and ideology.

American singer-songwriter Jason DeFord – known as Jelly Roll – in a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Thursday discussing the impacts of illegal drugs.

Big Picture: On Thursday, Country Music Association award winner Jelly Roll spoke about the importance of fentanyl awareness and expressed support for Congress to pass the bipartisan Fentanyl Eradication and Narcotics Deterrence (FEND) Off Fentanyl Act, “which would wield financial sanctions against drug traffickers to disrupt the flow of opioids coming in from China and Mexico,” CBS News explains. Jelly Roll also urged lawmakers to address addiction’s root causes.

Towards the end of the hearing, Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) asked Jelly Roll – a former drug dealer whose first time in jail was at the age of 14 – whether “access to better care, treatment, and resources early on could have” helped keep him out of trouble; Jelly Roll said “Absolutely,” adding, “If I would have had resources in my juvenile years or more opportunities, or if we focused more on education and loving and less on discipline, especially with our youth, we could get mountains moved.”

Read More: Jelly Roll, former drug dealer and current Grammy nominee, speaks against fentanyl to Senate (USA Today)

Stopping the Flow of Fentanyl: Public Awareness and Legislative Solutions (United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs)

Fentanyl Facts (CDC)

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas