Attorney General Ken Paxton today joined all 56 attorneys general in calling for Congress to pass the bipartisan Federal Initiative to Guarantee Health by Targeting (FIGHT) Fentanyl Act, which permanently classifies fentanyl-related substances as Schedule I drugs and ensures that law enforcement agencies and courts have the tools they need to bring justice to those trafficking in this deadly drug.
With the support of every attorney general, the National Association of Attorneys General chose to endorse the legislation as one of its official policy positions.
“Every day, Texans cope with the unimaginable consequences of addiction to this highly dangerous drug that has virtually no medical benefit, and those supplying and trafficking in fentanyl are benefitting from the pain of vulnerable Americans,” said Attorney General Paxton. “This drug crisis demands the attention of federal, state and local law enforcement. My office will continue to do everything it can to protect Texans from the dangers of fentanyl.”
The Drug Enforcement Administration issued a temporary scheduling order for fentanyl in February 2018, allowing federal law enforcement authorities to arrest and prosecute individuals who manufacture, distribute or handle fentanyl-related substances, however, this scheduling order will expire in just two months.
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