Upton Helps Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, helped introduce the Halt All Lethal Trafficking (HALT) Fentanyl Act, which is bipartisan legislation that would permanently list fentanyl-related substances (FRS) in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, simplify the registration process for Schedule I substance research, and provide for exemption of individual FRS from Schedule I when evidence demonstrates it is appropriate. It would also prevent any attempts to remove federal mandatory minimum sentences for fentanyl possession and unlawful distribution. Schedule I drugs are those that have no currently accepted medical use and pose a high potential for abuse.
“Tragically, too many families know the pain firsthand of losing a loved one to a drug overdose,” said Rep. Fred Upton. “Last year alone, 100,000 Americans died from an overdose; numbers that are just heartbreaking. We must continue to work together to support treatment options for vulnerable folks, remove dangerous opioids like fentanyl from our communities, and hold violent drug traffickers accountable for flooding our country with life-threatening drugs.”
Earlier this year, the Biden Administration proposed far less stringent penalties for drug traffickers who illegally transport opioids across the Southern Border. Under this bipartisan legislation, convicted opioid traffickers would face serious consequences for threatening public health and endangering American lives.
The emergency class-wide scheduling order for fentanyl-related substances expires on February 18th, 2022 absent congressional action.
You can watch Rep. Upton’s remarks in the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on the fentanyl epidemic HERE.
You can watch the press conference introducing the HALT Fentanyl Act HERE.