The crew at “Outnumbered’ reacted to a public service announcement video from GOP senators warning that the explosion of rainbow fentanyl pills that drug cartels have been pouring into the country across the porous southern border could end up in the baskets of unsuspecting trick-or-treaters this Halloween.
This week, the group of 13 Republican lawmakers spoke out in their video about the potential danger of children being targeted by those with malicious intent seeking to do them harm.
“The powerful drug cartels are coming after your kids, your neighbors, your students, your family members, and your friends. No one is sparred as fake pills laced with fentanyl are beginning to look like candy in an effort to lure young Americans,” said Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee in the PSA.
On Friday’s edition of the popular Fox News daytime program, the gang discussed the ad and engaged in a lively discussion about the danger although co-host Kennedy downplayed the potential poisoning of unsuspecting kids as they make the rounds in their colorful costumes later this month.
(Video: Fox News)
“A dozen Republican senators have issued a warning about rainbow fentanyl ahead of Halloween. They’ve released a PSA warning now and it warns parents that Mexican drug cartels have begun targeting children with fentanyl that looks like candy just in time for Halloween,” Harris Faulkner said, kicking off the segment.
“A recent seizure in Connecticut found the drug stashed in Skittles and Nerds packaging. And just this week in New York City, 15,000 rainbow fentanyl pills were seized, some hidden in a Lego box. Here’s the urgent message from concerned lawmakers,” she added before playing clips of the senators’ ad.
“Well, it’s better to have something like that than not do anything at all. So at least there is one party that’s addressing this issue and this is a huge problem,” Carley Shimkus replied when asked by Faulkner if she thought that the PSA would be effective. “So at least there is one party that’s addressing this issue, and this is a huge problem.”
“Over 100,000 people died last year because I mean, just think about what 100,000 people look like, two, three stadiums filled with people. A majority of those deaths were because of fentanyl. And it’s not just Mexico, it’s China as well. They both together have a coherent strategy on how to get this stuff into the country,” she added. “We don’t have a coherent strategy on how to keep it out. And like we said, what party in power are turning a blind eye to this? And, you know, especially is especially unfortunate because President Biden knows what drugs can do to a family.”
“This is a mass poisoning of Americans that is now trickling down in an attempted fashion to our children,” said Emily Compagno. “We know they’ve already been targeted on social media and that Mexican children are being utilized by the cartels in ways. But now they’re targeting us for death. I mean, what more has to happen?”
Co-host Kennedy downplayed the idea that the pills would be passed out to kids on Halloween.
“I have a different take on this because I see that the War on Drugs has failed. It has left death, destruction, and murder in its wake,” she said. “The war on drugs has created these narco-terrorist governments in Central America and South America. And what we have done so far, it hasn’t worked.”
“I don’t necessarily think these are targeting children because they’re actually too expensive. No one’s going to hand out fentanyl pills on Halloween by the dozens because they are so expensive, they’re for partygoers. They’re for people who are buying oxy on the street,” Kennedy added. “And, you know, it’s like a lot of these are painted to look like prescription pills.”
“One of the other unintended consequences is we’ve cracked down so much on prescription medication in this country that people in chronic pain no longer have the kind of access to treatment that they once did,” she said. “So what do they do when they get addicted to it? They go out on the street. So we have to have conversations with our kids about what is out there. And we have to say ‘just say no’ doesn’t work for teenagers and kids in college.”
“Rainbow fentanyl comes in a variety of bright colors, shapes, and sizes including pills, powder, and blocks that resemble sidewalk chalk… All it takes is one pill or enough powder to fit on the tip of a pencil to poison and kill someone. Over the past two years 10 tons of fentanyl has been seized at our Southern border. Of course, we know much more made it across the border and into communities like yours undetected,” the Senate Republicans said in a press release on their PSA.
(Video: YouTube/Senator Roger Marshall)
“We know fentanyl is in our neighborhoods because it is killing Americans at record rates – over 150 people per day. This is the deadliest drug our nation has ever seen… This epidemic is exploding, which is why this Halloween, let’s join forces and look out for one another… By working together and being on high alert this Halloween, we can help put an end to the drug traffickers that are driving addiction and poisoning our neighbors and children,” the lawmakers stated.
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