Jelly Roll testifies before Senate to urge action to combat fentanyl crisis

Music superstar Jelly Roll testified before the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday about the federal response to the fentanyl crisis.

Jelly Roll, whose real name is Jason DeFord, spoke about his lived experience as both a drug dealer and an addict and explained how he sought to humanize addiction for the general public. DeFord also used his testimony to urge Congress to take up and pass the FEND Off Fentanyl Act, which the banking committee unanimously approved last June. 

“In the past two years, I have attended four funerals for loved ones lost to recreational drugs tainted with lethal substances,” Jelly Roll said in his opening statement. “My purpose here is not to defend the use of illegal drugs, and I recognize the paradox of my past as a drug dealer now addressing this committee. 

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