House of Representatives extends bill banning unauthorized Fentanyl

Published: Jan. 30, 2020 at 10:00 PM CST
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In Washington, the U.S. House has extended a bill to help deal with the synthetic drug epidemic.

The bill extends the ban on fentanyl analogs for another 15 months.

Fentanyl analogs are different than the prescriptions, in a way that small tweaks are made to the chemical build up. Which could make the drug stronger.

This powerful synthetic is said to be fueling the opioid crisis in the United States.

In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 41% of all drug overdoses were cause by fentanyl.

"We've seen fatalities and dangerous overdoses every day in North Dakota,” said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.

When the drug was classified with cocaine and heroin as a schedule 1 drug, it was aimed at getting ahead of chemists based in China and Mexico that were trying to mimic Fentanyl.

“There is no quality control, and the people who are concocting these dangerous substances, and so you don't know what it is that you're going to get and the result is too often fatalities,” said Stenehjem.

Stenehjem says other states are pushing to make the temporary ban permanent within the next 15 months.

The bill passed the house by a vote of 320 to 88.

It is now on President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature.