Jelly Roll testifies on fentanyl crisis: “It’s time to be proactive and not reactive”

Jelly Roll testified at a Senate hearing Thursday, January 11, on the fentanyl crisis and his desire to be part of a solution.

“I think it’s important to note before I start that in these five minutes I’ll be speaking, that somebody in the United States will die of a drug overdose and it is almost a 72% chance that during those five minutes, it will be fentanyl-related,” Jelly said in the opening of his speech.

“It is important to establish earlier that I am a musician and that I have no political alliance. I am neither Democrat nor Republican. In fact, because of my past, my right to vote has been restricted,” he prefaced. “Thus far, I have never paid attention to a political race in my life. Ironically, I think that makes me the perfect person to speak about this because fentanyl transcends partisanship and ideology, gentlemen and women.”

Jelly provided a jarring statistic on the fentanyl crisis.

“190 people a day overdose and die every single day in the United States of America,” he shared. “That’s what about a 737 aircraft can carry. Could you imagine the national media attention it would get if they were reporting that a plane was crashing every single day and killing 190 people?”

The “Save Me” singer underscored the universality of loss through addiction and why he’s stepping forward.

“I was a part of the problem. I am here now standing as a man that wants to be a part of the solution. I brought my community down. I hurt people,” said the ex-drug dealer. 

“It is time for us to be proactive and not reactive. We were reactive with crack, we were reactive with opioid,” Jelly added.

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