(WKBN)- Valley Congressman Tim Ryan wants fentanyl designated as a Weapon of Mass Destruction.

Ryan introduced legislation Tuesday.

He says this declaration would give new resources and manpower to help tackle this epidemic.

“We cannot look away as this crises worsens. It’s time we take a whole-of-government approach to fight it. That means using every resource we have at our disposal to get this off the streets and out of our neighborhoods,” Ryan said.

According to the CDC, fentanyl is now the number one cause of death for Americans ages 18 to 45. According to a press release, an estimated 71,000 Americans died of fentanyl poisoning in 2021 compared to 57,000 in 2020.