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Jelly Roll Issues Warning On Fentanyl

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Country star Jelly Roll has been vocal about the dangers of fentanyl, expressing concern for the safety of his children and the younger generation.

He emphasized the lethal nature of fentanyl and the need for open conversations to address the issue.

“My daughter will never experience the safety of experimenting with drugs,” Jelly Roll said. “I know that sounds crazy to say, but when I was a kid, my mother would be like, ‘You’re going to try everything once. Just be safe.’ It’s not safe for any kid to be doing anything.”

Having experienced personal losses due to drug-related issues, he made a plea to lawmakers to address the fentanyl epidemic.

“How many more people does [fentanyl] have to kill a day before we start to care, if the number right now is close to 200,” he added. “I just think it’s time to speak about it. It scares me for my daughter. It scares me for my son. It scares me for this next generation. We’ve never seen nothing like fentanyl.”

His own troubled past with drugs has shaped his advocacy, and despite his success in the music industry, he remains committed to raising awareness about the devastating impact of fentanyl.

“I think opening conversations about some of this stuff is the beginning of healing, right?” he said. “A lot of problems we have in America is that we just don’t openly talk about the s— that’s really happening the way we should. It’s kind of like once you break the ice and put them on the table, then can’t ignore it much longer after that.”

“I’ve attended more funerals than I care to share with you all [on] this committee,” he said.

“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,” he added. “Uncles, friends, cousins, normal people, some people that just got in a car wreck and started taking a pain pill to manage it.”

“One thing led to the other and how fast it spirals out of control — I don’t think people truly, truly understand,” Jelly Roll said.

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