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Rapper and nation music star Jelly Roll gave highly effective Senate testimony on the nation’s fentanyl disaster and known as for more durable laws to curb it.

The musician, whose actual title is Jason DeFord, advised the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee listening to on Thursday how he had been personally impacted by the drug.

“I’ve attended more funerals than I care to share with y’all, this committee. I could sit here and cry for days about the caskets I’ve carried of people I love dearly, deeply, in my soul,” he stated.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 112,000 individuals died from a drug overdose within the 12 months ending in May 2023, a 2,700 enhance from the earlier yr.

The CDC says that fentanyl and artificial opioids have been answerable for the overwhelming majority of these deaths.

Jason ‘Jelly Roll’ DeFord testifies earlier than the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs committee on 11 January 2024

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Mr DeFord urged US senators to go the FEND Off Fentanyl Act, which is a “sanctions and anti-money laundering bill to help combat the country’s fentanyl crisis by targeting opioid traffickers devastating America’s communities.”

“It is time for us to be proactive and not reactive,” he advised the committee.“I truly believe in my heart that this bill will stop the supply and can help stop the supply of fentanyl.”

The musician additionally overtly addressed his historical past of drug-related crimes.

“I believed when I sold drugs, genuinely, that selling drugs was a victimless crime,” he stated whereas acknowledging that he had as soon as been “part of the problem.”

And he added: “I brought my community down. I hurt people. I was the uneducated man in the kitchen playing chemist with drugs I knew absolutely nothing about, just like these drug dealers are doing right now when they’re mixing every drug on the market with fentanyl. And they’re killing the people we love.”

The two-time Grammy nominee continued, “I am here now standing as a man that wants to be a part of the solution.”