Politics Biden extends ban on fentanyl-like substances
Chinese Chemicals in Mexican Cartel Hands Feed Deadly U.S. Fentanyl Crisis
China has cracked down on fentanyl, but an unmatched U.S. appetite ensures a continued flow. "We don't manufacture fentanyl, we use fentanyl. They don't use fentanyl. They manufacture fentanyl," one DEA official told Newsweek, "and also we cannot even keep our side of the sidewalk clean."The U.S. death toll tied to fentanyl in 2020 is estimated at a record 90,000.
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed legislation Tuesday extending a ban on addictive fentanyl-like substances into October, which comes two days before the previous ban was set to expire.
Under the extension of the order, these fentanyl analogues are classified by the federal government as a schedule I drug and are subject to the strictest controls like heroin.
Fentanyl analogues are powerful synthetic opioids that are meant to have the same effect of the original drug, which according to the“is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent.”
Biden to propose $1.8 trillion 'families plan' with paid leave, child care, universal pre-K, free community college
The plan is the second piece of Biden's 'Build Back Better' economic agenda following the release of a $2.3 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan.Biden is set to formally introduce his American Families Plan at his first address before a joint session of Congress Wednesday night. It's the second piece of his "Build Back Better" economic agenda following the release of a $2.3 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan released earlier this month.
Fentanyl is usually given to people who suffer from severe pain or following a surgery.
Some Republicans have called for making the ban on the fentanyl analogues permanent but civil rights groups have opposed the bans. A recent Government Accountability Office study found, “Civil rights and criminal justice stakeholders cited concerns that classwide scheduling could result in convictions for substances that may not be harmful and lengthy sentences for trace amounts of fentanyl-related substances and exacerbate racial disparities in federal sentencing.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that synthetic opioids are the main source of overdose deaths. Preliminarylast month found that in the 12-month period ending in September 2020, about 90,000 people died from drug overdoses in the U.S. That was up from 68,700 drug overdose deaths during the same time period the previous year.
In the 12-month period that ended July 2020, there were more than 50,000 deaths involving synthetic opioids in the U.S.
Bidenduring his presidential campaign stemming the movement of illicit drugs like fentanyl, including from China and Mexico. His plan, for example, included making fentanyl a top priority in the U.S.’s dealings with China and to work with Mexican authorities to stop the flow of fentanyl and heroin across the U.S.-Mexico border.
100 days of COVID: Grading Biden on vaccination, schools and masks .
Jan. 20, 2021 — the U.S. was averaging nearly 200,000 COVID-19 cases and 3,000 COVID-19 deaths each day. Biden was acutely aware that history would judge his first 100 days, and perhaps his entire presidency, on how well he handled the COVID crisis. “This first 100 days is unlike any of the typical first 100 days of any administration,” said Yahoo News Medical Contributor Dr. Kavita Patel, a practicing internist, Brookings Institution health scholar and former Obama administration official. “In some ways, it could be the most important 100 days of the entire pandemic.” On Capitol Hill, the Biden administration pushed for a $1.