Jelly Roll Makes Emotional Plea to Congress to Fight Fentanyl Overdoses
January 12, 2024
Jelly Roll testified on Capitol Hill yesterday before a Senate committee on the fentanyl epidemic.
During an emotional testimony to a Senate committee, the singer candidly shared his personal addiction story and reflected on his former life as a drug dealer.
Jelly Roll, who spent a decade in and out of detention facilities for drug dealing and other crimes, acknowledged his past role as part of the problem but now expresses a commitment to being part of the solution.
“I contributed to the decline of my community. I caused harm to people,” he testified. “I was the uneducated man in the kitchen playing chemists with drugs I knew absolutely nothing about, just like these drug dealers are doing right now when they’re mixing every drug on the market with fentanyl. And they’re killing the people we love.”
‘I’ve attended more funerals than I care to share with y’all,” he shared, ‘I could sit here and cry for days about the caskets I’ve carried of people I love dearly, deeply in my soul. Good people. Not just drug addicts.’
Jelly Roll also opened up about his daughter, whose mother is an addict, stating, ‘Every day, I get to look in the eyes of a victim in my household of the effects of drugs. Every. Single. Day.’
Addressing his political stance, Jelly Roll clarified that he’s neither a Republican nor a Democrat and isn’t deeply involved in politics. However, he emphasized the public’s yearning for reassurance: ‘People crave reassurance that their elected officials actually care more about human life than they do about ideology and partisanship.