Sen. Portman presses for permanent criminalization of Fentanyl-related substances


As the U.S. opioid epidemic continues, and with a criminalization order against fentanyl-related substances set to expire, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) took to the Senate floor this week urging legislation to permanently schedule the drugs.

The existing scheduling order against fentanyl — which authorizes criminal charges against individuals who manufacture, distribute or handle fentanyl-related substances — is set to expire on Feb. 6, 2020. It has been in effect since February 2018, when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued the order for a crackdown.