(CNS News) -- Celebrated author, venture capitalist, and Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Ohio J.D. Vance said he did not really care about what happens in Ukraine, but stressed that he does care about the massive amounts of fentanyl coming across America's southern border causing the deaths of thousands of Americans ages 18 to 45.
“I gotta be honest with you, I don’t really care what happens to Ukraine," Vance tweeted on Feb. 19.
“I gotta be honest with you, I don’t really care what happens to Ukraine…I do care about the fact that in my community right now the leading cause of death among 18-45 year olds is Mexican fentanyl that’s coming across the southern border.” - @JDVance1 #OHSen pic.twitter.com/nf6MUzdWM5— JD Vance for U.S. Senate Press (@JDVancePress) February 19, 2022
According to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), "fentanyl was involved in 76% of overdose deaths in 2019, often in combination with other drugs. That percentage was up from 73% in 2018, 71% in 2017, and 58% in 2016."
In addition, "Fentanyl was involved in 82% of all heroin-related overdose deaths, 77% of all cocaine-related overdose deaths, and 72% of all psychostimulant/methamphetamine-related overdose deaths," said the ODH. "Carfentanil was involved in 508 fentanyl-related overdose deaths in 2019 compared with 75 in 2018."
According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, fentanyl is a factor in more than 50% of overdose deaths, and "statistics indicate 42,700 fentanyl overdose deaths in 2020."
"Fentanyl is 50- to 300-times more potent than morphine," says the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics. "One kilogram of fentanyl contains 250,000 lethal doses."