52 Attorneys General Send Letter to Congress Over Concerns of Fatal Fentanyl Loophole

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All 52 Attorneys General have joined forces, calling on Congress to fix a fatal loophole.

They submitted a letter, supporting two bills to stop overdoses of fentanyl. Fentanyl is a fast acting narcotic, that is 100 times more potent than morphine. Classified as a schedule two drug, and the description is down to the molecular make-up. As North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem explains, drug traffickers are moving fentanyl legally, by slightly changing the chemical structure.

Wayne Stenehjem; Attorney General: “As statutes of course have to specifically list what chemical it is that is illegal in order to get a prosecution. Certain greedy chemists have learned that you can tweak a compound by a molecule or two so that it has the same effect, does the same thing, but it’s not specifically listed in the statute.”

Stenehjem said Congress should being taking notes from North Dakota Century code, as the state made this illegal on a state-level last legislative session. He has yet to hear back from congress about the letter.

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