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Jelly Roll Testifies To Congress On Fentanyl: ‘I Was Part Of The Problem’

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Jelly Roll, also known as Jason DeFord, testified before the Senate Banking Committee about the devastating impact of fentanyl on Americans.

He emphasized the nonpartisan nature of the fentanyl crisis and the urgent need for action, highlighting the daily toll of drug overdose deaths and the personal impact on his life.

He urged Congress to pass the FEND Off Fentanyl Act to address the supply of fentanyl and emphasized the importance of addressing the demand side as well. (Trending: Fauci’s COVID Missteps Are Coming Back To Haunt Him)

Additionally, he called for a focus on human life over ideology and partisanship, drawing attention to the need for proactive measures to address the crisis.

“It is important to establish earlier that I am a musician and that I have no political alliance. I am neither Democrat nor Republican. In fact, because of my past, my right to vote has been restricted,” Jelly Roll said.

“Thus far I have never paid attention to a political race in my life. Ironically, I think that makes me the perfect person to speak about this because fentanyl transcends partisanship and ideology.”

“Could you imagine the national media attention it would get if they were reporting that a plane was crashing every single day and killing 190 people? But because it’s 190 drug addicts, we don’t feel that way, because America has been known to bully and shame drug addicts instead of dealing and trying to understand what the actual root of the problem is,” he said.

“I’ve attended more funerals than I care to share with y’all. This committee, I could sit here and cry for days about the caskets I’ve carried of people I loved dearly, deeply in my soul. Good people.”

“Not just drug addicts. Uncles, friends, cousins, normal people — some people that just got in a car wreck and started taking a pain pill manage it. One thing led to the other … how fast it spirals out of control,” Jelly Roll added.

“I was a part of the problem. I am here now standing as a man that wants to be a part of solution,” he said.

“Every day I get to look in the eyes of a victim in my household of the effects of drugs. Every single day. And every single day, I have to wonder, me and my wife, if today will be the day that I have to tell my daughter that her mother became a part of the national statistic.”

“I truly believe in my heart that this bill, that this bill will stop the supply and can help stop the supply of fentanyl. But in part of being proactive, gentlemen and women and ladies, I have to be frank and tell you all that if we don’t talk to the other side of Capitol Hill and stop the demand, we are going to spin our tires in the mud.”

“Y’all are taking the first step. But I encourage you to take it outside of this room and you take it to your colleagues and your constituents and you give them the most that you can,” he said.

“I see fans grappling with this tragedy,” he added.

“They seek solace and music and hope that their experiences won’t befall others. They crave reassurance. These are the people I’m here to speak for, y’all. These people crave reassurance that their elected officials actually care more about human life than they do about ideology and partisanship. I stand here as a regular member of society.”

“I am a stupid songwriter, y’all. But I have firsthand witnessed this in a way most people have not. I encourage y’all to not only pass this bill, but I encourage you to bring it up where it matters: at the kitchen table.”

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