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Heinrich to Host Virtual Press Conference Highlighting the Need for Immediate Action on Fentanyl Crisis

WASHINGTON – On Friday, March 22 at 9:40 a.m. MT, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will host a virtual press conference with New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez, first responders, law enforcement, and a New Mexico resident personally impacted by the fentanyl crisis to highlight the need for action and discuss efforts happening at all levels of government to keep families safe and get deadly fentanyl out of our communities.  

WHEN: Friday, March 22, 2024 at 9:40 a.m. MT 

WHERE: Zoom 

RSVP: Registration required. Link here.

WHO: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich will be joined by:

  • Attorney General Raúl Torrez
  • Chief Jeremy Story, Las Cruces Police Department
  • Assistant Chief Sten Johnson, Santa Fe Fire Department
  • Desiree Bustos, Española Valley Resident, Lead Certified Peer Support Worker & Harm Reduction Specialist, El Centro Family Health, Daughter of Fentanyl Overdose Victim  

Senator Heinrich is leading comprehensive efforts to tackle the opioid epidemic and protect New Mexico communities from fentanyl. Most recently, as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Heinrich secured substantial federal funding to combat the fentanyl crisis. This included language to establish the creation of a comprehensive fentanyl tracking system and to remove barriers to access for opioid use disorder medications.

Heinrich is a cosponsor of the FEND Off Fentanyl Act, bipartisan legislation that targets the fentanyl crisis by wielding our country’s economic tools against transnational criminal organizations. He is also a cosponsor of the Stop Fentanyl at the Border Act, legislation that would enable U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to hire more Officers and Border Patrol Agents to increase capacity to stop illicit smuggling over the border. 

A more extensive list of Heinrich’s actions to tackle the fentanyl crisis can be found here.