Biden Admin Plans to Eliminate Punishments for Dealers Selling Deadly Fentanyl-Related Drugs

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Last year, drug overdoses spiked nearly 30 percent — and one drug in particular was to blame. “The surge, the 2020 data show, was driven largely by a proliferation of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid whose use has spread across the nation,” The Wall Street Journal reported in July. “The pandemic amplified the epidemic of overdoses, bringing on social isolation, trauma and job losses, according to addiction experts and treatment providers. Overdose deaths began rising in the fall of 2019 with the spread of fentanyl, but really took off starting in March 2020, when pandemic-driven shutdowns and physical-distancing measures set in.” Now, Joe Biden’s administration is proposing removing quantity-based penalties for trafficking in fentanyl-related substances, according to Fox News. The announcement came as the Biden administration announced permanent scheduling for all fentanyl-related substances under schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s scheduling, drugs in schedule I “have no currently accepted medical use in the United States, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse.”

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