‘You’re going to have to get used to it’: New Jersey bar owner shares lessons from the drug war
NICK SANDERS, NEW JERSEY — The man who started a trend of selling prescription painkillers at his New Jersey nail bar, called the state a “sanctuary state,” says the drug epidemic in his state has “very serious consequences.”
“I’m very aware of the drug laws in the state, and it’s very hard to be out and about,” said Sanders, who became mayor of Burlington, New Jersey, after winning re-election last year.
“I am extremely concerned.
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SANDES (D), NEW JERUSALEM — Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he hopes the death penalty will be carried out against the owner of a Vermont nail bar who sold hundreds of thousands of pills to drug dealers, even though he had no criminal record.
The Vermont governor on Thursday called the sale of prescription painkiller oxycodone to dealers who are not licensed to dispense it a “big problem” that has “huge consequences” for communities across the state.
Sanders, a self-described socialist, said in a statement that he’s worried about the state’s opioid epidemic, which has caused a spike in the number of overdose deaths and has cost the state more than $1 billion in lost income.
Sanders said he has asked state officials to “take action to crack down on drug dealers who sell the drug to drug addicts and to the opioid epidemic.”
He said he is “extremely concerned” about the opioid crisis, but he said the state has done a lot of work on reducing its epidemic.
He said he expects that the death of former Burlington Mayor Jim O’Brien, who was killed in a police raid last year, will “set back the momentum” for the state to tackle the drug crisis.
O’BRIEN: ‘This is a crisis, and we are going through it’The Vermont Democrat said O’Brien’s death “will have a huge impact on the progress we have made” in combating the opioid issue in the city.
Sanders called O’Malley’s “policies on opioids, including his refusal to fund public hospitals and a proposal to legalize heroin as the first steps in the right direction, will lead to more and more people dying.”
“This is not the way to address this problem,” Sanders said.
“There’s a real crisis, a very real crisis in our country and it is very hard for people to go about their daily lives without taking some kind of opioid medication,” he said.
“And the more we do this, the more people will die.”
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says it has recorded more than 4,000 deaths in the first five months of 2017, up from more than 3,600 in the same period in 2016.
The agency’s data on opioid overdoses also show a surge in deaths from a number of diseases, including asthma, hepatitis C and Lyme disease.
Sanders also said he’s concerned about the increasing number of people who are addicted to opioids and said he believes it is “highly unlikely” that all of the opioid deaths are linked to one drug.
He said the opioid addiction crisis has to be addressed and it has to stop.