Article Details Congress’s Delay on Fentanyl

The Washington Post chronicles the failure on Congress to act to stop the fentanyl crisis, even as they received warnings regarding its dangers.

An article in The Washington Post notes the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on legislation to stop illicit use of fentanyl.

The powerful drug fentanyl, a synthetic opioid has been responsible for deaths across the US, and in Maryland. According to data in a recent article from The Washington Post, in Maryland, 3,346 people died from fentanyl overdoses between 2013 and 2017.

The focus of the article is on the failure of Congress to act to legislate within that time frame to create stricter penalties for fentanyl distribution crimes, even as they were made aware of the drug’s dangers from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

From the article:

It took Congress until December 2017 to pass a bill specifically targeting fentanyl — nearly four years after legislators first received warnings about the dangers of the drug. In that time, more than 67,000 Americans had died from overdoses of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. Fentanyl death rates are still rising.

For more information, see Flailing on Fentanyl from The Washington Post.


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