Former drug dealer Jelly Roll heads to Capitol Hill to join the fight against fentanyl

Musician Jason Jelly Roll DeFord testifies during a Senate hearing on Banks, Housing and Urban Affairs to examine stopping the flow of fentanyl, focusing on public awareness and legislative solutions on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)
(Mariam Zuhaib/Associated Press)

Former drug dealer Jelly Roll heads to Capitol Hill to join the fight against fentanyl

Alexandra Del Rosario

January 12, 2024

Take it from Jelly Roll, the former drug dealer turned country music star: “Fentanyl is going to make the Sackler family look like saints.” ‘Fentanyl is going to make the Sackler family look like saints,’ take it from the former drug dealer turned country music star Jelly Roll.

The singer of “Son of a Sinner” and “Need a Favor”.

appeared appeared

before Congress on Thursday

delivery and delivered

an impassioned five-minute statement

that insisted

Representatives should pass a bill against fentanyl trafficking. Jelly Roll real name

Jason DeFord


Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

channeling his own experiences with addiction and reciting chilling statistics about the toll fentanyl has


about American lives.

“In these five minutes I’m speaking to… someone in the

United unbound

States will die from drug overdoses,” he began, “and there is almost a 72% chance that it is related to fentanyl during those five minutes.”

How Jelly Roll overcame addiction and prison to become the new (tattooed) face of the country

Jelly Roll, who said he has no political affiliation whatsoever, told this to his convention audience, including the US

Senator Sherrod Brown



) And

Senator Tim Scott





) that the

Country of the United States

must take more steps to care for people struggling with addiction and prevent more fatal overdoses.

“America is known to bully and shame drug addicts, rather than dealing and trying to understand what the real root of the problem is for them.”

The LA County Department of Public Health reported in December that fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, caused

more than over

60% of all accidental drug or alcohol overdoses by 2022

that the medicine

continues to disproportionately kill Black Angelenos.

‘It’s absolutely heartbreaking’: Fentanyl is officially Los Angeles County’s deadliest drug

Jelly Roll advocated this


for the passage of the

Fentanyl eradication and narcotics deterrence (“

REPLY the Fentanyl Bill.

on Thursday Thursday.

The bill, introduced by Scott, seeks to respond to the international fentanyl trade by imposing sanctions and anti-money laundering measures “in an effort to target China and Mexico’s illicit fentanyl supply chain,” ABC News reported.

The 39-year-old musician, who served prison time in his early adulthood on theft and drug-related charges, told Congress he was part of the problem but is now committed to being “part of the solution” in the fight against fentanyl. .

The Grammys

-nominated musician nominated

also said in his testimony that there is a personal toll behind the spread of fentanyl. Sober himself, Jelly Roll revealed that the mother of his 15-year-old daughter struggles with drug addiction.

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“Every day I get to look into the eyes of a victim in my household and see the effects of drugs,” he said. “Every day I have to wonder, me and my wife, whether today will be the day I have to tell my daughter that her mother has become part of the national statistic.”



the crack cocaine and opioid crises, Jelly Roll warned Congress


“history repeats itself” and urged both

Politicians from Democratic and Republican representative parties

to take a proactive approach by passing the bill.

“I truly believe in my heart that this bill will stop the supply of fentanyl and can help stop the supply of fentanyl,” he said. “I encourage you to take it outside this room, and take it to your colleagues and your constituents and give them the most you can.”

Times staff writer Grace Toohey contributed to this report.


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