Op-Ed: Border Wall Will Help Combat Opioid Epidemic
America is in the midst of a devastating opiod crisis.
Of the 52,000 drug overdose deaths in 2015, more than 33,000 of those were related to opioids like heroin and prescription medications.
According to a recent op-ed, President Donald Trump's planned wall along the U.S.-Mexico border will help address the opioid crisis.
The author of that op-ed, Printus LeBlanc, joined Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade on "Fox & Friends" to explain.
LeBlanc said that a border wall would help stem the flow of opioids from Mexico into the U.S.
He revealed that Mexico is the world’s third largest producer of heroin, and Mexican heroin now controls over 50 percent of the market share. Additionally, most of the heroin from Colombia and South East Asia must pass through Mexican drug cartels before getting to the U.S.
LeBlanc said the border wall will slow the influx of drugs, which will drive up the price.
He added that the wall will also make it easier for Border Patrol officers to catch drug cartels, as it will funnel them into certain areas.
"Just opioid addictions - just opioid, nothing else - costs the U.S. $50 billion a year," LeBlanc said. "If the wall is able to reduce that by only 15.5 percent, the wall's going to pay for itself in five years."
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