© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Customs and Border Protection photos of fentanyl packages primarily in the form of powder and methamphetamine that U.S. Customs and Border Protection said they seized from a truck passing through Arizona from Mexico
By Sarah N. Lynch
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice has signaled support for legislation extending a seven-month further ban on illegally copied versions of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic pain reliever that has contributed to the push. National opioid pandemic.
Without action from Congress, the temporary ban on all variants of fentanyl – a drug 100 times more powerful than morphine – will expire on May 6. at the end of Monday that they intend to “work with Congress to seek purity, a seven-month extension to prevent this important law enforcement tool from lapse.”
The US Drug Enforcement Administration has since 2018 sought to stop the proliferation of fentanyl that looks like chemicals, known as “analogues,” by classifying them as so-called drugs. Table 1 means that like heroin, they are highly addictive and have no medical uses.
Fentanyl has been linked to a large number of deaths as the United States fought an opioid pandemic that lasted decades. Many of the fentanyl analogues that pervade American streets are manufactured in China or Mexico.
The DEA under Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, has lobbied Congress to enact a temporary ban on all fentanyl chemical replicas, both to stop their import and help prosecutors. it is easier to bring up drug trafficking cases.
Before a full-scale ban, the DEA and the Food and Drug Administration were required to do a rigorous scientific study of each new variant of fentanyl found on the street before it could be added. to Appendix 1.
Congress has faltered in issuing a permanent ban amid criminal justice advocates and some researchers fear that such action could make it difficult for scientists to gain approval. for research into these substances and possibly leading to the detention of a wide range of low-level drug traffickers and addicts.
The Justice Department’s statement acknowledges these concerns, stating that it intends to “address legitimate concerns regarding mandatory minimums (prison terms) and researchers’ access to these substances. “
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