US Representative Tim Ryan last week joined Representative Tom Rooney to introduce a bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act. The bill is to ensure that the law highlights the potency of fentanyl.
The Stop Trafficking in Fentanyl Act would decrease the amount of fentanyl required to invoke the most serious trafficking penalties for an individual who is trafficking and/or manufacturing the drug. The bill would reduce the threshold that triggers penalties from 400 grams down to 20. The idea is that this will portray the extremity of the drug which can be fatal in doses as small as 0.25mg.
Ryan said that it has been "another record-breaking year for overdose-related deaths, many due to fentanyl. We are losing too many of our friends, neighbours and relatives to this destructive drug epidemic." He continued, "We must respond to this crisis from all sides by improving coordination to reduce the number of drugs available, while also increasing and expanding access to treatment for those who are suffering."
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