Wisconsin Commemorates Overdose Awareness With The Same COVID Crackdowns That Spiked Last Year’s Opioid Death Surge

Wisconsin Commemorates Overdose Awareness With The Same COVID Crackdowns That Spiked Last Year’s Opioid Death Surge

With International Overdose Awareness Day approaching in just two weeks, it should be a time for reflecting on the massive surge in opioid deaths and what has contributed to them. This is especially true in Wisconsin where these deaths spiked in part thanks to onerous pandemic-related restrictions and panic. Instead, Dane County is slapping weary residents with another mask mandate, despite a steadily declining COVID-19 death rate that is almost nonexistent.

Dane County, Wisconsin’s second-most populous county that includes the capital city of Madison, announced on Tuesday that an indoor mask mandate would go into effect on Thursday for the entire county, including everyone 2-years-old and older.

“We still believe vaccines are our best tool to protect our community,” said Director of Public Health for Madison and Dane County Janel Heinrich, an unelected bureaucrat who unilaterally decided to mask up toddlers and healthy residents despite having one of the most vaccinated counties in the country. “But as cases continue to increase, requiring face coverings is an easy added layer of protection to further help keep people safe, including our youngest children not yet eligible to be vaccinated.”

This is yet another instance of elitists bureaucrats gaslighting residents with bribes of a “return to normalcy” if you’ll just be a decent human being and get the jab, only to have the rug violently ripped out from under them with mask mandates and a “just kidding!” One glance at the coronavirus death toll in Dane County shows this whole thing is a farce and a power trip. The seven-day average death count is resting uninterrupted at statistically zero.

Dane County

Dane County

But the stakes are higher than unaccountable leaders spending their political capital to dish out more lies. With overdose deaths on the rise nationally, Wisconsin witnessed record levels of drug overdose deaths in 2020, as the people at the helm of public health decided their own personal power and control were more important than people’s jobs and mental stability and uninterrupted social services. Never mind the self-harm and youth suicide that skyrocketed across other parts of the country.

In 2020, amid lockdowns, mask mandates, and social isolation, reported overdose deaths in Wisconsin spiked by more than a quarter from the year prior, from approximately 1,200 to 1,530. Dane County specifically rose 7 percent. In nearby Milwaukee County, overdose deaths reportedly spiked by more than 30 percent in 2020 to a record 546 fatalities.

“The overdose trend is alarming,” said Alexandria Kohn, coordinator for the Milwaukee Area Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, which partners with health departments, health care providers, nonprofits, and advocacy groups to prevent and reduce substance misuse in and around Milwaukee. She said this steep rise in overdose deaths is coronavirus-related, as people suffering with drug addition were isolated from social support and cut off from preventative services and treatment.

“Our community members are hurting during the pandemic,” Kohn added.

Bureaucrats like the ones in Dane County have learned almost nothing in the past year and a half — probably because the goal has never been so much about saving actual lives as about signaling that they care while they accrue more power for themselves. To that end, the one thing they have learned is that they can issues decrees with impunity, and they’re mandating accordingly.

These health leaders made life-crushing decisions, such as the ones that isolated drug addicts, under the guise of  “health emergencies” throughout 2020, consequently created new and very real health emergencies, and got away with it. Shutting down some businesses, churches, and getting others to do their dirty work of mandating face coverings for entry, these bureaucrats successfully expanded their power, so now they’re doing it again.

If people like Janel Heinrich really cared about human lives, she would look at the ways pandemic panic contributed to the opioid epidemic in our state and change course. Almost nobody is dying in Dane County right now without COVID mandates. How many more will lose their lives as a result of them?

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Exclusive–Lonergan: Postcard from McAllen: Biden Brings Chaos, Disease and Death to Our Border

Despite the polarized times we live in, this much has become increasingly hard to deny: there are the official Biden administration talking points, and then there is reality. 

This became obvious on a recent trip I made to the epicenter of our nation’s immigration crisis, the border area near McAllen, Texas. The credibility of Homeland Security Director Alejandro Mayorkas’ claim that “the border is closed” quickly evaporated after what we saw in a pre-dawn visit to a remote, grassy area near the banks of the Rio Grande. A steady stream of migrants emerged from the bushes and were apprehended by Border Patrol agents. In less than 30 minutes, the number of those in custody swelled to over 100, almost all of them teenagers or mothers with young children. A drive a few miles away revealed a similar scene. The border is anything but closed.  

To say these people were apprehended is something of a misnomer. They were not restrained and offered no resistance. Why didn’t they resist? Most likely because they got the message sent loud and clear by the Biden White House until a few weeks ago: get yourself across the border and you will not be sent back. The U.S.-Mexico border and most of America’s immigration laws have been rendered obsolete by this administration. De facto amnesty is the new order of the day. 

Biden and his acolytes may fancy themselves as more compassionate to these travelers than their critics, but again, the reality is something different. This administration’s cynical actions in just two short months have caused unfathomable human suffering to those arriving at our border, and Americans will be enduring the negative consequences of these actions for decades to come. 

As a candidate last fall, Biden promised the moon and the stars to foreign nationals, pledging they would receive free healthcare and no return trip home even when caught entering the country illegally. He even went as far as to encourage them to “surge the border,” and then deflected blame when the predictable surge arrived. These reckless promises may have given temporary hope to migrants, but it has served to put tens of millions of dollars per day into the pockets of drug and human trafficking cartels, who are obscenely profiting from Biden’s faux compassion. 

Spurred on by candidate Biden’s encouragement, those making the journey face violence and even death. Doctors Without Borders has reported that 70 percent of migrants to the border claim to have suffered violence at the hands of traffickers. Estimates vary, but some data suggests that about a third of the women who make the journey are sexually assaulted. Those who arrive in America must often pay exorbitant fees to the ruthless cartels in exchange for passage. Those who cannot pay are often tortured or killed. 

To the Democrats who seek to benefit politically from this mass migration of people, such tales of horror are apparently considered acceptable collateral damage, because they rarely speak a word about it and do nothing to prevent it. This is what passes for “compassion” in Joe Biden’s America.   

This unconscionable border policy claims its share of victims among the citizens and legal residents of America as well. Those apprehended today are put in overflowing detention facilities, the same ones that were built by the Obama-Biden administration and assailed as “cages” by Democrats during the Trump years. Stacking human beings so close at a time when we are told to practice social distancing can only produce bad health outcomes when those in custody are soon dispersed throughout the country. 

As part of its cash-cow business at the border, the cartels deal in illegal drugs as well as people. They have also developed sophisticated tactics to avoid law enforcement. Since the surge began, one of its most effective techniques is to flood the points of entry with migrants, forcing border agents to leave more remote posts to assist with the situation. The cartels can then transport large quantities of drugs like opioids across largely unmanned areas.  

Almost 50,000 people in the United States died from opioid-involved overdoses in 2019. The total economic cost of opioid misuse in the country is $78.5 billion per year. When people in faraway places like New Hampshire, West Virginia and Washington state die of opioid overdoses, those are likely more casualties of drug trafficking cartels enabled by the Biden administration and its irresponsible border policies. 

The Biden White House will continue to indulge in its game of make-believe, where the border is closed and they are the sole proprietors of compassion when it comes to migrants. The corrupt, partisan media will fool a good portion of the country that this narrative is authentic. But the cost of this delusion—in terms of human suffering, lives, and billions of scarce taxpayer dollars expended on it—is all too real. 

Brian Lonergan is director of communications at the Immigration Reform Law Institute, a public interest law firm working to defend the rights and interests of the American people from the negative effects of mass migration.

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