Law enforcement round table on fentanyl crisis

Fentanyl and opioids are destroying the lives of so many Minnesotans that top Northland law enforcement officials came together for a round-table.

Anyone can be affected by opioid use disorder, in many different ways. For some, it begins as an escape from physical or emotional pain, but it can easily become a brutal cycle of dependence and withdrawal.

Top leaders from Northland police departments and county sheriff departments were called together by Congressman Pete Stauber. A former police officer himself, Stauber says fentanyl is now is the number one killer of Americans between the ages of 18 and 45, and that the nation needs solutions to this crisis.

“The local law enforcement are the best people to get the answers from,” Stauber said. “They are the boots on the ground. They see it every day, they live it every day. And I want to bring what they have to share with us to Washington and make good legislation from our conversations.”

Rep. Stauber says fentanyl is coming freely through our southern border and making it all the way up here to the Northland.

Law enforcement leaders said they hope ideas discussed here today can lead to federal action to help tackle this national crisis.