Senate candidate and Braddock Mayor John Fetterman released a new ad Monday, centered on the dangers and destruction of the growing opioid epidemic.
“What would our country look like if 30 years ago we didn’t declare a war on drugs but we declared a war on addiction and treated it like the medical condition that it is,” Fetterman says in the video. “How many millions of families lives would not have been damaged or destroyed by seeing their loved ones get sent away for years and years through mandatory sentencing?”
The minute-long segment, entitled “Heroin”, features parts of Fetterman’s town of Braddock, ravaged by a poor economy and left to rot in the throes of opiate addiction.
“Who’d want to live next to this?,” he concludes while standing in an abandoned and ransacked house. “I don’t know. What’s remarkable to remember is that families grew up here. People that had jobs, people that had lives and at one point in time this was a beautiful home for some family. That’s changed.”
Fetterman is running former Congressman Joe Sestak and former Chief of Staff to Gov. Wolf Katie McGinty in the battle for the Senate Democratic nomination.