Letter to the Editor: Support from congressional representatives needed to defeat overdoses


As reported several times in the Delaware State News, Delaware has a drug overdose problem, and up to 80% of the problem is attributed to the potent drug fentanyl, which pours across what used to be our Southern border. Washington, up to now, has done little to effectively address the issue.

On May 25, that began to change, when the House of Representatives passed House Resolution 467, the HALT Fentanyl Act. The bill had bipartisan support, with a vote of 289-133 passing it, which included 74 Democratic votes, and even Joe Biden expressed what is seen as his support for the measures in the act.

Now, given our problems with this drug here in Delaware, wouldn’t you think our lone representative in D.C. would have joined dozens of her Democratic colleagues to help defeat this scourge in our state? Didn’t happen. Instead, she voted in opposition, with the people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; and Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

Let’s hope our two senators are more supportive of us in our battle against overdoses when the bill reaches the Senate.

James Melville


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