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Greg Gutfeld got into it with Jesse Watters on Thursday, as the two Fox News hosts presented opposite sides of the drug legalization argument.
In a heated exchange on Fox News’s “The Five” that left panel member Jeanine Pirro rolling her eyes, Gutfeld made a passionate case for the legalization of drugs in the wake of Oregon’s decriminalization of nearly all drugs in small amounts.
While the liberal state had hoped that by decriminalizing drugs and removing the fear of jail time, more addicts would seek help, as BizPac Review reported earlier this month, the move only resulted in a surge in fatal overdoses.
After the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act went into effect in Oregon in February 2021, drug addictions reportedly went up by as much as 700%, with a 120% increase in deaths. Meanwhile, very few Oregonians are seeking treatment.
According to Gutfeld, the problem isn’t Oregon’s lax drug policies, it’s the quality of the drugs being used that are causing the explosion of deaths.
“This is what happens when drugs are illegal,” Gutfeld stated, adding that street drugs are not the same as those that are medically prescribed.
“All of these poisonings are street concoctions,” he said. “We always just say, ‘Oh, it’s opiates.’ But it’s actually a toxic poison, it’s street fentanyl. This is not prescription stuff.”
“So if you loosened the restrictions on prescription [drugs],” the co-host argued, “you will save lives.”
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Watters wasted no time dismissing Gutfeld’s claims.
“I am not buying this libertarian mumbo-jumbo,” he stated.
“This is a perfect example of libertarianism gone wrong,” Watters countered. “Greg has been singing the song ever since I came on ‘The Five.’ ‘Legalize drugs, legalize drugs, decriminalize it.'”
“They did it,” he continued. “Oregon listened to Gutfeld. Now, look at Oregon. Everyone’s dead.”
“That’s what happens when you listen to Greg,” Watters quipped. “You die.”
Gutfeld remained undeterred.
“What I’m saying is, if somebody’s actually using a safe drug, this doesn’t happen,” he said.
The outspoken Pirro’s eyes nearly rolled out of their sockets.
“Is heroin a safe drug?” she asked.
“People actually take heroin, yes,” Gutfeld replied. “Do you know that fentanyl is actually a drug that is prescribed? Are you aware of that?”
“Did you know that you’re wrong?” Watters shot back.
In fact, according to Web MD, fentanyl is used “to help relieve sudden (breakthrough) pain in people who are already taking opioid medication around-the-clock for cancer pain.”
When asked about the safety of meth, Gutfeld pointed to Adderall and Ritalin.
“Those are prescription amphetamines,” he stated.
Again, according to Web MD, Gutfeld is correct.
Adderall, also known as “amphetamine/dextroamphetamine,” the website says, “belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants.”
“It can help increase your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and control behavior problems,” Web MD continues. “It may also help you to organize your tasks and improve listening skills. This drug is also used to treat a certain sleeping disorder (narcolepsy) to help you stay awake during the day.”
“If you do what Greg says, you don’t get the crap from China,” offered Dana Perino.
Still, Pirro’s eyes rolled.
“Just buy it on the street corner in Harlem,” she said. “You’ll be fine.”
“That’s what I’m saying!” Gutfeld exclaimed. “They die!”
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