Matt Dolan Launches New Statewide Ad Spotlighting Fentanyl Crisis

Cleveland, OH: U.S. Senate candidate Matt Dolan launched a statewide TV ad on Thursday. The ad, entitled “Adam”, features Joe Percun of Boardman discussing the devastating impact of the fentanyl crisis on families in Ohio and across America.

“Last year, more than 70,000 Americans were killed by fentanyl. To me, this is more than a statistic. In May 2022, I lost my son Adam to a fentanyl drug overdose. One pill took his life. America is in the midst of a fentanyl crisis, and I support Matt Dolan because he has the experience, record and vision to stop it. He is the only U.S. Senate candidate with a history of prosecuting violent criminals, working to treat addiction and improve mental health, and a realistic plan to stop the flow of fentanyl into the United States. Ohio needs Matt Dolan in the U.S. Senate,” said Joe Percun.

“Standing shoulder to shoulder with members of Law Enforcement, I have witnessed first-hand how Joe Biden’s border crisis impacts everyday life in Ohio. As a former prosecutor and state legislator, I worked to protect Ohioans and designate the China-backed cartels as foreign terrorists. In the U.S. Senate, I will take the necessary steps with infrastructure, civilian and military personnel to stop the flow of fentanyl into the country, save lives and restore our nation’s sovereignty,” said Matt Dolan.

“Matt Dolan not only understands the threat posed by the open southern border, but I am confident that having his experience and solutions-focused approach in the U.S. Senate will help to protect Ohioans from the scourge of fentanyl,” said Lake County Sheriff Frank Leonbruno. Sheriff Leonbruno has been with the Sheriff’s office for 34 years.

Adam Percun was born in Wooster on June 8, 1989, and was the son of Joseph H. Percun and Lora White Slater. He grew up in Creston where he played baseball and was on the high school wrestling team at Norwayne. He graduated from Norwayne in 2008 and had been working in construction. Adam loved riding his Harley, working out at the gym, camping and caring for his animals which included snakes to sugar gliders and dogs. His greatest love was his son, Colt, who was his pride and joy.

In April, Dolan joined Ohio sheriffs on the border to get an on-the-ground briefing about the current security crisis confronting local, state and federal authorities. Together, with Lake County Sheriff Frank Leonbruno and Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton, Dolan received a policy briefing, SABRE border tour and Cochise County Sheriff’s Office ride along inside the Tucson Sector, one of the busiest sectors of the country in both illegal alien apprehension and narcotic seizures.

Ad Script (:60)

Joe Percun: May 18, 2022, I got the call. My son died from a drug overdose.

Adam had mentioned that he was having a hard time sleeping. He took one pill. It turned out it was a fake fentanyl pill.

My son was a great kid. One pill took his life. One pill has taken countless other children’s lives. And every day, thousands of those pills are just pouring across our border.

Parents are losing children daily because of fentanyl. No one in Washington is doing anything.

Matt Dolan is the only candidate that is addressing the fentanyl problem. He knows we need to crack down on the cartels. We need to stop this poison from pouring across the border.

Nobody’s doing it now, but by God Matt Dolan will do it. He has my 100 percent support. We need leaders like Matt Dolan to help fight the good fight for every parent out there. Matt Dolan is the only guy that I trust to fight for me.

Matt Dolan: I’m Matt Dolan and I approved this message.

Background

In February 2023, more than 80 pounds of fentanyl were seized in Cleveland and Painesville, Ohio, making it one of the largest busts in state history. The fentanyl had a street value of $5.2 million and was enough to kill 20 million people, if ingested. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the drugs were supplied by a nationwide distribution network based out of Mexico. The FBI, State, and local partners including the Lake County Sheriff’s office, took part in the operation which also yielded the arrest of two of the organization’s operatives and seized four firearms, including two assault rifles.

According to the CDC, fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are the most common drugs involved in overdose deaths. Even in small doses, it can be deadly. Over 150 people die every day from overdoses related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Fentanyl deaths have increased every year since 2012. In 2022, 73,654 people died from a fentanyl overdose in the US, more than double the amount of deaths from three years prior in 2019. Fentanyl deaths have increased every year for the past decade.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, approximately 76 percent of overdose deaths in Ohio are caused by fentanyl that is coming from China to Mexico and over the border into the United States. That percentage was up from 73 percent in 2018, 71 percent in 2017, and 58 percent in 2016.

The following actions outline Senator Matt Dolan’s work in the State Senate to urge action on securing the border and address the present fentanyl and human trafficking crises impacting Ohio.

  • Dolan voted to designate the Mexican cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.
  • Dolan voted to urge the federal government to increase efforts to protect our border to combat drug and human smuggling in the United States.
  • Dolan increased penalties for drug trafficking and some other drug offenses when the drug involved is a fentanyl-related compound.
  • Dolan voted to define “fentanyl-related compound” as including fentanyl and other related Schedule I and Schedule II narcotics-opiates.
  • Dolan fought and helped to provide $180 million in additional funding for the opiate crisis, on top of the nearly $1 billion already spent by the state annually on drug abuse and addiction.
  • Dolan helped to establish opioid abuse prevention programs for educators and school personnel for all content areas and grade levels.
  • Dolan voted for nonviolent offenders to receive competency evaluations in outpatient settings, ensuring state psychiatric hospital beds remain available for Ohioans suffering from serious mental illness.
  • Dolan voted for enhanced penalties for drug traffickers who sell on the premises or near addiction service providers.

For more information on Matt Dolan’s campaign for U.S. Senate, visit www.dolanforohio.com.

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