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Maine Parents Face Charges After 9-Month-Old Baby Overdoses On Fentanyl

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Police in Auburn, Maine arrested a couple last Friday after their 9-month-old baby overdosed on the highly-potent synthetic drug fentanyl, NEW CENTER Maine reports. It only takes the equivalent of four grains of salt of fentanyl to kill the average American adult.

Auburn’s fire department was soon called to the couple’s home last week where the child was found unresponsive, according to the news channel. The baby received Narcan, an antidote to the drug, at the hospital, and is said to be recovering, the report noted.

Police found traces of fentanyl in the home after carrying out a search warrant. Matthew Mcleod, 30, and Valene St. Onge, 29, were arrested and their baby was taken from their custody. The two face charges of furnishing schedule W drugs. St. Onge was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, according to the report.

In 2018, Sara A. Carter produced the documentary “Not in Vein” to showcase the devastation the trafficking of narcotics into this country wreaks on our nation.

In the midst of the epidemic of the novel coronavirus, there exists a worsening epidemic of drug addiction to opioids. The Washington Post released a report Wednesday that detailed the overwhelming spike in overdose deaths since the start of the COVID-19 lockdowns.

“We’ve literally run out of wheeled carts to put them on.”

Columbus, Ohio coroner Anahi Ortiz, who is featured in Carter’s film, told The Washington Post, “We’ve literally run out of wheeled carts to put them (bodies) on.”

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Multiple states launch lawsuit against Biden’s student-loan forgiveness plan

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Breaking Thursday, the states of Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, and South Carolina joined together to file a lawsuit against President Biden’s administration in order to stop the student loan-forgiveness program from taking effect.

“In addition to being economically unwise and downright unfair, the Biden Administration’s Mass Debt Cancellation is yet another example in a long line of unlawful regulatory actions,” argued the plaintiffs in their filing.

The attorneys general spearheading the legal challenge also submit that “no statute permits President Biden to unilaterally relieve millions of individuals from their obligation to pay loans they voluntarily assumed.”

Biden, however, has argued that he is able to unilaterally cancel student debt to mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, writes National Review, a Department of Education memo released by his administration asserts that the HEROES Act,  which passed in 2003 and allows the secretary of education to provide student-debt relief “in connection with a war or other military operation or national emergency,” provides the legal basis for the cancellation.

But, National Review notes that the plaintiffs point out that Biden declared in a recent 60 Minutes interview that “the pandemic is over.”

The legal brief also adds:

“The [HEROES] Act requires ED [Education Department] to tailor any waiver or modification as necessary to address the actual financial harm suffered by a borrower due to the relevant military operation or emergency… This relief comes to every borrower regardless of whether her income rose or fell during the pandemic or whether she is in a better position today as to her student loans than before the pandemic.”

Moreover, they argue that the HEROES Act was designed to allow the secretary to provide relief in individual cases with proper justification.

The first lawsuit against Biden’s executive order came Tuesday from the Pacific Legal Foundation:

“The administration has created new problems for borrowers in at least six states that tax loan cancellation as income. People like Plaintiff Frank Garrison will actually be worse off because of the cancellation. Indeed, Mr. Garrison will face immediate tax liability from the state of Indiana because of the automatic cancellation of a portion of his debt,” wrote PLF in their own brief.

The state-led lawsuit was filed in a federal district court in Missouri, and asks that the court “temporarily restrain and preliminarily and permanently enjoin implementation and enforcement of the Mass Debt Cancellation,” and declare that it “violates the separation of powers established by the U.S. Constitution,” as well as the Administrative Procedure Act.

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