The White House announced Monday that it supports a Republican-led bill that would place all fentanyl-related substances under the most dangerous drug designation.
The Stop All Lethal Trafficking in Fentanyl Act, led by Rep. Morgan Griffith, RV, will expedite research into fentanyl-related substances and classify them all under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. This category is for drugs that have no medical value and are highly addictive.
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The White House said the bill, which includes 52 Republicans, is in line with President Biden’s public safety agenda.
“These two provisions are critical components of the Biden-Harris Administration’s 2021 recommendations to Congress to combat the illegal supply of 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 calls on Congress to pass all of these critical actions to improve public safety and save lives.”
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None of the House Democrats co-sponsored the bill with Griffith.
The push to pass the legislation comes as drug overdoses have reached all-time highs — surpassing 106,000 in 2021, nearly 71,000 of them opioids. A large part of these overdoses is from fentanyl, a cheaper, stronger opioid that is favored by addicts and 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 its passage would send it to the Senate, where it could gain support with a Biden endorsement.