Fentanyl Ban Complicates Biden’s Plan to Shift Drug Policy (1)


(Updates throughout with hearing comments from the head of the ONDCP and Rep. Anna Eshoo.)

President Joe Biden is facing a crucial test of his promise to reduce overdose deaths in the U.S. through addiction treatment, civil rights and drug policy groups say.

The imminent expiration of a ban on highly addictive fentanyl analogues could complicate Biden’s preferred approach, which is focused on safe and supervised opioid use, medication-assisted treatment, and reducing the flow of illicit substances into the U.S.