White House backs GOP bill to classify fentanyl as Schedule I substance
The White Home introduced Monday it helps a Republican-led invoice that might place all fentanyl-related substances underneath essentially the most harmful classification of medication.
The Halt All Deadly Trafficking of Fentanyl Act, led by Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., would expedite analysis into fentanyl-related substances and classify all of them underneath Schedule I of the Managed Substances Act. That classification is for medicine that don’t have any medical worth and are extremely addictive.
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The White House stated the invoice, whose 52 cosigners are Republicans, is aligned with President Biden’s public security agenda.
“These two provisions are crucial parts of the Biden-Harris Administration’s 2021 suggestions to Congress to fight the availability of illicit FRS and save lives,” the White House memo said. “The Administration’s 2021 suggestions to Congress included further provisions to enhance public security. The Administration calls on Congress to cross all of those crucial measures to enhance public security and save lives.”
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No Democrats within the Home of Representatives have cosponsored the invoice with Griffith.
The push to cross the laws comes as drug overdoses hit all-time excessive ranges – surpassing 106,000 in 2021, almost 71,000 of them from opioids. A good portion of those overdoses are from fentanyl, which is a less expensive and stronger opioid most well-liked by addicts that elevated in reputation in recent times.
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The Home is anticipated to vote on the invoice this week, and passage will ship it to the Senate, the place it may achieve help with Biden’s endorsement.