According to the Associated Press, Congress voted to extend the tool, which helped the federal agents to crack down on the intake of drugs that are more or less chemically similar to fentanyl temporarily. The Attorneys Office of Utah showed oxycodone pills that are laced with fentanyl which were proven fake during the examination.
Congress Urges To Extend Enforcement Tool For Opioid Addiction
On Thursday, the Senate approved the legislation to extend the order till October, which allows the government to distinguish between fentanyl analogues. Fentanyl medications are generally foreign substances that are very much similar to many harmful and dangerous opioids. The authority of it was all set to expire in the next week. Some also feared that if the legislation lapses, there can be an increment in the surge due to opioid deaths.
But the situation was a lot different in the past few years when the government of Donald Trump was there. During Donald Trump’s administration, the Justice Department lobbied to have a permanent ban, which can even bring the fentanyl analogues in the same legal levels of heroin as well as cocaine. The opioid use disorder is one of the major concerns for the US government as it has spread like an epidemic.
Around three million citizens of the US and 16 million all over the world are suffering from opioid addiction and mental disorders due to it. Practitioners often offer the patients the right doses of treatment according to the guidelines by the government. Patients receive antiemetic therapy. Patients who are heroin addicts have a higher rate of motor accidents and many illnesses than people who don’t.
Opioids have been termed as highly addictive, which is used by many patients as a pain reliever. The emergency visits of the patients due to the addiction has increased annually since 2010. In the year 2010, Opioid addiction has been termed as a national emergency by the United States, seeing a rise in the number of patients affected due to it.
Now the government under Joe Biden came up with new guidelines. The legislation under Joe Biden heads to classify opioids which are synthetic into a Schedule I drug, under the act of Federal controlled Substances Act. This will make it easier for the prosecution to build a strong case against such traffickers.
In 2018, the emergency authority was authorized. The temporary extension gives the lawmakers more months to collect and gather the details of the permanent solution and also to work on the solution as well as the concerns with minimum sentences ordered. The law also states that there will be mandatory penalties and harsh sentence for traffickers who possess a large amount of fentanyl or fentanyl analogues.
In the recent press release of the Associated Press, it was stated that The Biden administration was working at a slow pace in this case. Many meetings were held, and many were cancelled with the officials of the Drug Enforcement Administration to discuss the case around fentanyl and fentanyl analogues. A white house spokesperson announced that the Biden administration is committed to avoiding the expiration of the legislation.