Sen. Portman praises fentanyl-related substances action

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) has extended praise to President Donald Trump for signing legislation temporarily extending scheduling order to criminalize fentanyl-related substances and requiring a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study.

The GAO analysis would address the implications of class-wide scheduling. The previous scheduling order was set to expire on Feb. 6, 2020, and the new law will extend the current temporary order until May 6, 2021.

“I applaud the president for signing into law the temporary extension of the DEA scheduling order on fentanyl-related substances until May 2021,” Portman said. “However, we must take action to criminalize these drugs permanently. Fentanyl continues to devastate individuals and families in Ohio and all across the country. While this new law is a vital step in our efforts to keep fentanyl copycats out of our communities by allowing law enforcement to continue to crack down on these dangerous drugs, we must pass my FIGHT Fentanyl Act to permanently criminalize fentanyl-related substances in the United States.”

The FIGHT Fentanyl Act permanently schedules illicitly manufactured and deadly fentanyl-related substances, officials said, noting two years ago the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a temporary scheduling order to schedule fentanyl-related substances, allowing federal law enforcement authorities to bring criminal actions against individuals who manufacture, distribute, or handle fentanyl-related substances.

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