Upton applauds extension on Fentanyl Analogues Ban
President Trump signs bipartisan S. 3201, the temporary extension on the fentanyl analogues ban
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump signed S. 3201, the temporary extension on the fentanyl analogues ban. The U.S. House supported it with a strong bipartisan vote last week, passing it 320-88.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
Without this extension, the ban on fentanyl analogues would have expired today, making these drugs essentially street legal.
“Families, patients, and communities are all safer today, thank goodness. Fentanyl is deadly. It threatens lives and destroys families – no matter their race or socioeconomic status - and I applaud the Congress and the President for getting this extension done,”Upton said. “I’ve heard directly from our local law enforcement and local leaders about how dangerous fentanyl and all opioids can be. A number of folks at home have shared their own heart-breaking stories. Many of us know somebody who’s died. My family too. We have to move forward together to help better protect our neighborhoods. Our families are counting on us.”
Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are the most lethal category of opioids abused in the U.S. In 2017, fentanyl was listed as a contributing death in more than half of the accidental overdose deaths in Kalamazoo County in 2017.