“Putting Communist China on notice”
STATE SENATOR TERRY JOHNSON (R-McDermott) NOTE: Edited for publication by Chuck Gibson
COLUMBUS, OH (August 10, 2023) —Tuesday, August 8, State Senator Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) announced the introduction of Senate Concurrent Resolution 7, condemning China for its role in the global drug trade.
“Not only is China the largest point of origin of fentanyl smuggled to the United States, but China has allowed and encouraged the proliferation of fentanyl as a matter of policy, causing irreparable harm to our country and our communities. Fentanyl kills thousands of Ohioans a year. China must be held accountable.” – Terry Johnson, State Senator (R – McDermott-Ohio)
Text from the Press Release announcing his introduction of the Senate Concurrent Resolutino 7 follows here:
The People’s Republic of China has failed to address illegal drug activity within its borders and has refused to cooperate with U.S. efforts to slow and stop the drug trade.
In fact, the production of fentanyl, along with its precursors, is actually encouraged through the Chinese government’s economic incentives. Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 puts China on notice that Ohioans will not stand idly by as their communities are ravaged by the devastation of drug addiction.
In a message sent directly to me (Chuck Gibson – Loveland Beacon), Senator Johnson expressed his outrage at the actions of China leading to the invasion of fentanyly in our United States.
“I am putting communist China on notice for its reprehensible rold in the proliferation of fentanyl in America,” Johnson wrote in the text message. “For a nation state to so callously cause so much harm to another nation it claims to be at peace with is incomprehensible.”
Johnson went on in the text message to express his intent to do all he can to fight this drug invasion.
“I can assure you I will continue to do all I can to fight back against the scourge of opioid addiction, as I have since my earliest days as Scioto County Coroner, later as a State Representative and now as a State Senator. – God Bless.”
Here is the remaining text for the press release issued Tuesday, August 8, 2023:
Senator Johnson chairs the Senate’s Community Revitalization Committee which launched its first set of statewide hearings in Portsmouth in 2021 to review, assess and update the approach to community addiction and recovery programs. Those hearings resulted in Senate Bill 105, much of which became part of Ohio’s new operating budget.
“It is imperative that money invested in treatment programs delivers long term results. We owe it to our families, our neighborhoods and to our taxpayers.” – Senator Terry Johnson