Republican Alabama Sen. [crscore]Jeff Sessions[/crscore] says the “lack of enforcement at the border is a big part” of the problem that has lead to the recent increase in heroin use.
Wednesday, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sessions said, “People need to go to jail who are pushing this kind of addictive power into our communities and destroying lives and families.”
Sessions asked the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli, “Mr. Botticelli, you’re supposed to set drug policy for America. You’re what they used to call the drug czar. Do you agree that reduced price, high purity, and increased accessibility of heroin are the major drivers of the recent increase in rates of heroin use?”
Botticelli responded, “I would actually agree that the availability of very cheap, very pure heroin in the United States, as well as untreated addiction, has significantly increased heroin use rates in the United States.”
Sessions responded, “Well, I think that’s a good answer…and the lack of enforcement at the border is a big part of this… Supply is important. We can impact supply and heroin at low prices and high purity on the streets [is] dangerous, and prosecutions are critical to this. People need to go to jail who are pushing this kind of addictive power into our communities and destroying lives and families.”