ICYMI: Sen. Marshall Joins Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade Radio Show to Discuss The Cooper Davis Act
(Washington, D.C., March 29, 2023) – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. appeared on The Brian Kilmeade show to discuss the border and fentanyl crisis and the Cooper Davis Act, legislation the Senator is re-introducing this week.
You may click HERE or on the image below to listen to the full interview.
Highlights from his interview include:
“What our legislation does is allows and forces the Snapchats of the world, Google, Facebook, whoever it is – to cooperate with police proactively,”
“This legislation is bipartisan, Dick Durbin is helping co lead it with us as well, I think it is a very good chance it is going to get across the finish line.”
“Snapchat has been cooperative with us as has Google, this is one piece of the puzzle that as long as we have an open border, this is one of the tools that we have.”
Background on the Cooper Davis Act:
The legislation honors 16-year-old Cooper Davis from Johnson County, Kansas. In August 2021, Cooper and three of his friends were connected to a drug dealer on Snapchat and acquired what they believed was Percocet, an FDA-approved prescription drug used to treat moderate to severe pain. The pills were in fact counterfeit and laced with illicit fentanyl, a deadly synthetic narcotic. The four teenagers shared two fake Percocet pills. Cooper died from only taking half of a tablet, while his three friends survived.
The Cooper Davis Act would require social media companies and other communication service providers to take on a more active role in working with federal agencies to combat the illegal sale and distribution of drugs on their platforms by creating a standardized and comprehensive framework:
- Requires communication service providers to report to the DEA on the sale or distribution of illicit drugs including fentanyl, methamphetamine, or a counterfeit controlled substance.
- Bolsters DEA’s existing data infrastructure to improve intelligence gathering on drug dealers operating across various online communication platforms.
- Improves coordination with other federal agencies, foreign agencies, and state and local law enforcement.