Dilbert Comic strip creator and podcaster Scott Adams complained the U.S. was not taking the opioid epidemic seriously in his latest episode of “Real Coffee” Friday as he shared his own traumatic experience losing his stepson to fentanyl.
“We’ve got a fentanyl crisis at the border that’s worse than ever,” Adams said, as fentanyl seizures reach new heights amid a surge of migrants bringing the lethal drug across the border carrying supplies from China. “This isn’t political at all. We’re at war.”
America is losing that war as more than 88,000 deaths were reported from drug overdoses in the 12-month period ending in October last year, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The number is up 19,000 from the same 12-month period before.
“I lost my stepson, 19-years-old to fentanyl,” Adams explained. “There were other drugs in his system but it was probably the fentanyl that did him.”
Adams gave an emotional account of the horror of witnessing his own stepson lose the battle with addiction.
“I got to watch his dead body being carried out of the house and you don’t really forget that. It’s been two years. I’m not a biological parent. It’s been two years and it’s not any f***ing better,” Adams said.
“You don’t recover. You hope you do, but you don’t,” he said. “So this 88,000 Americans who died from overdoses doesn’t count the families, doesn’t count the siblings, doesn’t count the mates, doesn’t count the families who are permanently disabled by this, permanent. You don’t get better.”
Meanwhile, fentanyl continues to flood over the border. Nearly 6,500 pounds of it was seized by border agents between October 2020 and April. That’s nearly 2,000 pounds more than the almost 4,800 seized in 2020 and 2,800 seized in 2019, putting more deaths of despair in the pipeline.
“Texas is apparently building a border wall and thank you for that,” Adams said, after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott revealed plans Thursday to build its own border security in the absence of White House leadership in addressing the crisis. “I’m not sure if it will stop fentanyl but it’s a step in the right direction.”