A southwest Idaho sheriff was a guest on FOX News recently and spoke out on the state's out-of-control opioid problem and its connection to Mexican drug cartels. The sheriff also shared a personal story of how this epidemic has affected his own family.

Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue spoke from the heart during a Fox News segment on Idaho's "war" against the influence of Mexican drug cartels in communities throughout the Gem State, and the resulting skyrocketing number of arrests and deaths linked to opioids such as Fentanyl.

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Donahue went on to discuss how his family has personally been a target of these cartels, and how President Joe Biden-appointed officials aren't doing enough to prevent these drugs from crossing over from southern borders. The sheriff has also done a number of interviews in recent years on a documentary he took part in dealing with the realities of opioid addiction in Idaho.

Methamphetamine and Fentanyl addiction are major problems not just in Idaho but throughout the country. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 70,000 and 100,000 deaths are directly linked to drug overdoses annually in the United States.

Fentanyl was created for the purpose of aiding cancer patients in extreme pain and is more than 50 times more potent than morphine, according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. The opioid can be taken in pill form, snorted, injected, or smoked, and is thought to presently be the leading cause of drug overdoses in the U.S., according to the CDC.

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