May 10, 2022
For Immediate Release


Today is National Fentanyl Awareness Day, yet extreme liberal Beto O’Rourke continues to ignore the crisis on our southern border that has led to more than 1,300 Texans dying from fentanyl.” – Mark Miner, Communications Director


O’Rourke Denies There Is A “Problem” At The Southern Border With Mexico And Refuses To Call It A “Crisis”:

O’Rourke Said He Believed Deploying The National Guard To The Border Was A “Solution In Search Of A Problem.” O’ROURKE: “There are (national) guard members from Texas A&M who are on the border right now in Zapata, in Webb, in Hidalgo Counties to go be part of a solution in search of a problem.” (Beto O’Rourke, Remarks, College Station, TX, 3/8/22)

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The Texas Tribune Has Noted “O’Rourke Himself Has Avoided Labeling The Situation (At The Border) A ‘Crisis’…” “O’Rourke himself has avoided labeling the situation a ‘crisis’ and has said National Guard troops are being sent to address ‘a solution in search of a problem.’” (James Barragán And Patrick Svitek, “Beto O’Rourke Carefully Threads Needle On Border Policy As Democrats Grapple With The Issue,” Texas Tribune, 4/18/22)

Fentanyl Is Flooding Into Texas And The United States Via The U.S. Southern Border With Mexico, Leading To A Massive Increase In Deaths:

“According To The CDC, Fentanyl Is The Leading Cause Of Death For Adults Ages 18-45 In The United States.” (Dan Grossman, “Fentanyl Is The Leading Cause Of Death In Americans Ages 18-45,” KMGH-TV, 1/4/22)

In 2021 There Were Over 1,300 Fentanyl-Related Deaths In Texas (Provisional Data). (Texas Department Of State Health Services, Accessed 2/8/22)

The Border Patrol Seized 10,586 Pounds Of Fentanyl At The U.S.’s Southern Border With Mexico In Fiscal Year 2021. “Fentanyl, an opioid for pain treatment, is between 50 and 100 times more potent than morphine. In Fiscal Year 2021, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized 10,586 lbs of the deadly drug at the southern border, which can be fatal in extremely small amounts.” (Adam Shaw, “Abbott Says Enough Fentanyl Seized In Texas To Kill 222 Million Americans, Biden ‘Does Not Care’,” Fox News, 1/27/22)

  • Texas DPS Alone Seized 887 Pounds Of Fentanyl In 2021. “As of 12/16/21, [TX DPS] have seized 887 lbs of #Fentanyl = 201,128,322 [deadly] doses. This deadly drug continues to plague our country, but the brave men & women of [TX DPS] are safeguarding Texans & the U.S. Border Security is National Security.” (, 12/22/21)

The Number Of Fentanyl-Related Deaths In The United States Increased By 56 Percent Between 2019 And 2020, The Most Recent Numbers Available. “The age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, which include such drugs as fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and tramadol, increased from 1999 through 2020, with different rates of change over time (Figure 4). From 2019 to 2020, the rate increased 56%, from 11.4 to 17.8 per 100,000.” (“Drug Overdose Deaths In The United States, 1999–2020,” U.S. Centers For Disease Control, Accessed 2/7/22)

“Fentanyl, A Drug Approved For Pain Treatment, Killed More Than 64,000 Americans From April 2020-April 2021, According To The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention.” (Phelim Kine, “The War On Drugs Puts A Target On China,” Politico, 2/7/22)

  • “A Recent Stanford-Lancet Study Warned That The U.S. Opioid Overdose Death Toll Could Rise To 1.2 Million by 2029.” (Phelim Kine, “The War On Drugs Puts A Target On China,” Politico, 2/7/22)