CRISIS AT THE BORDER
BORDER CRISIS CAUSES
The disordered southern border is an open invitation for cartels to easily traffic dangerous drugs into our nation. What happens at the southern border affects every state in the union, including New Jersey. Drugs, like fentanyl, a synthetic opioid drug of choice by the cartels, are killing thousands of Americans yearly.
According to the CDC, In January 2021, drug overdose deaths exceeded homicides by 306.7%. 
The number of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids in 2020 was more than 18 times the number in 2013. 
In New Jersey, fentanyl related deaths climbed to almost 2250 deaths in 2019 from 475 in 2015, a 373% increase. This rate is expected to climb. 
Of the confirmed drug overdose deaths in New Jersey in 2019, fentanyl deaths outpaced all other opioids. District 12 counties (Mercer, Union, Middlesex, Somerset) represent 401, or 18%, of the total New Jersey fentanyl deaths. See the chart below.