Beshear Urging Federal Lawmakers to Close Fentanyl Loopholes

Attorney General Andy Beshear is calling on federal lawmakers to close a loophole that allows those who traffic fentanyl analogues to stay ahead of law enforcement. In a letter sent to house and senate leadership, Beshear, along with a bipartisan group of 52 state and territory attorneys general, called on Congress to pass the Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues Act. The act would allow the Drug Enforcement Administration to proactively identifiy and schedule new fentanyl variants. Beshear said in overdose deaths related to fentanyl now surpass deaths related to heroin and that closing the loophole will make it easier to prosecute crimes involving synthetic opioids. In 2017, fentanyl factored into 763 overdose deaths in Kentucky.

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