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Reader's View: Pelosi's grandstanding risks Americans’ lives

Thank Pelosi for exacerbating the problem the next time you read of another local overdose death from fentanyl.

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And the fallout begins from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's unsanctioned visit to Taiwan: Beijing announced on Aug. 5 it would immediately halt its cooperation on anti-drug efforts with the U.S.

This was a grave development. There are hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens and their families suffering from opioid use disorder, with the main overdose culprit now coming from fentanyl. According to a Jan. 2020 DEA Intelligence report , "China remains the primary source of fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances."

The U.S. House Speaker's personal vendetta with China will have far-reaching consequences for our nation's overdose-death epidemic. On May 11, Minnesota Public Radio reported that in 2021, "71,000 of all opioid related deaths involved illegally manufactured fentanyl." That's more overdose deaths in a single year than all U.S. soldiers killed in the entire Vietnam War.

Thank Pelosi for exacerbating the problem the next time you read of another local overdose death from fentanyl.

Bill Fischer

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