Opinion: End the opioid epidemic by building a barrier at the border

(Sinclair Broadcast Group)

In the ongoing war against the opioid epidemic, our porous southern border is our exposed flank.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, Mexico is the source of more than 90 percent of the wholesale heroin seized by American law enforcement.

The amount of fentanyl that Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized in 2017 was 2,370 pounds, or enough to kill every American by overdose. And between 2012 and 2016 methamphetamine seizures at our southern border jumped by 157 percent.

How can we say that we’re taking this epidemic seriously when these numbers are all so dramatically high?

The fact is that the Democrats don’t have a leg to stand on.

They need to come to the table, re-open our federal government, and give the men and women charged with defending our country the tools they’ve requested in order to end this crisis once and for all.

Here’s the bottom line: Putting a stop to the opioid epidemic in our country should not be a partisan issue. A key step in the right direction would be to further secure our borders against the unlawful trafficking of drugs.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

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