The White House announced Monday that it supports a Republican-led bill that would place all fentanyl-related substances in the most dangerous drug category.
The Stop All Lethal Trafficking of Fentanyl Act, led by MP Morgan Griffith, R-Va., would expedite research into fentanyl-related substances and place them all under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. This classification applies to drugs that have no medicinal value and are highly addictive.
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The White House said the bill, whose 52 co-signatories are Republicans, is consistent with President Biden’s public safety agenda.
“These two provisions are critical components of the Biden-Harris administration’s 2021 recommendations to Congress to address the supply of illicit FRS and save lives,” the White House memo said. “The government’s recommendations to Congress for 2021 included additional provisions to improve public safety. The administration calls on Congress to pass all of these critical measures to improve public safety and save lives.”
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No Democrat in the House of Representatives joined Griffith in supporting the bill.
The push to pass the law comes as drug overdoses have hit an all-time high — exceeding 106,000 in 2021, nearly 71,000 of them from opioids. A significant portion of these overdoses are due to fentanyl, a cheaper and stronger opioid favored by addicts that has grown in popularity in recent years.
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The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill this week, and passage will send it to the Senate, where it could win support with Biden’s approval.
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