Senator Brown introduces bill, pressuring China to commit to fentanyl regulations

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This undated photo provided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Phoenix Division shows a closeup of the fentanyl-laced sky blue pills known on the street as “Mexican oxy.” Smuggled in from Mexico, these mimic the prescription drug oxycodone. Law enforcement officers in the U.S. Southwest say they have also seen fentanyl-laced pills mimicking Vicodin pain […]

Senator Sherrod Brown met with a group of bipartisan senators in Washington on Thursday to introduce the Fentanyl Sanctions Act. 

According to a press release, the bill would pressure the Chinese government to honor its commitment to illegalize all fentanyl. The bill would also offer the United States more resources to track down out-of-country traffickers.

“On average, 11 Ohioans will die every day in my state due to an opioid overdose,” Brown said in the release. “The addiction epidemic has taken too many lives and caused too much devastation in Ohio. This new bill will add effective new sanctions tools to help combat the flood of illicit fentanyl coming in primarily from China and from Mexico, and help provide intelligence and funding to keep these dangerous drugs out of Ohio communities.” 

China announced that a wider range of fentanyl-related drugs will be considered controlled substances on Monday.

The legislation was also introduced by Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

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