The White House announced on Monday that it supports a Republican-led bill that would place all fentanyl-related substances in the most dangerous drug classification.
The Halt All Lethal Trafficking of Fentanyl Act, led by Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., would expedite research into fentanyl-related substances and place them all on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. This classification concerns drugs with no medical value and highly addictive.
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The White House said the bill, whose 52 co-signers are Republicans, is aligned with President Biden’s public safety agenda.
“These two provisions are essential elements of the Biden-Harris administration’s 2021 recommendations to Congress to address the supply of illicit FRS and save lives,” the White House memo reads. “The administration’s 2021 recommendations to Congress included additional provisions to improve public safety. The administration is calling on Congress to pass all of these critical measures to improve public safety and save lives.
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No Democrats in the House of Representatives co-sponsored the bill with Griffith.
The push to pass the legislation comes as drug overdoses hit record highs – topping 106,000 in 2021, nearly 71,000 of them from opioids. A significant portion of these overdoses come from fentanyl, which is a cheaper and stronger opioid preferred by addicts that has grown in popularity in recent years.
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The House is expected to vote on the bill this week, and its passage will send it to the Senate, where it could gain support with Biden’s endorsement.
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