A bag of evidence containing the synthetic opioid fentanyl disguised as Oxycodone is shown during a 2020 news conference at the Fresno County Sheriff Office in Fresno, California. (Craig Kohlruss/The Fresno Bee/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
Ellen Bork is a fellow at the George W. Bush Institute, where she writes about American foreign policy, democracy, and human rights. She has held positions in the State Department and on Capitol Hill and at democracy promotion organizations. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Weekly Standard, and other publications.
The author acknowledges Shane Leary and Jace Bartz for their helpful contributions and revisions.