Fentanyl-Related Substances Temporarily Placed as Schedule I Drugs

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It is well known that deaths associated with the abuse of substances structurally related to fentanyl in the United States are on the rise and have already reached alarming levels. While a number of factors appear to be contributing to this public health crisis, chief among the causes is the sharp increase in recent years in the availability of illicitly produced, potent substances structurally related to fentanyl. Fentanyl is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine, and the substances structurally related to fentanyl that DEA is temporarily controlling also tend to be potent substances. Typically, these substances are manufactured outside the United States by clandestine manufacturers and then smuggled into the United States. As a result, the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a temporary scheduling order to schedule fentanyl-related substances that are not currently listed in any schedule of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and their isomers, esters,...
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United States Asks United Nations to Help Control Fentanyl Ingredients

United States Asks United Nations to Help Control Fentanyl Ingredients
The United States has asked the United Nations to classify two chemicals used to make fentanyl as controlled substances, The Wall Street Journal reports. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrote a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, asking that the ingredients be added to a list of controlled substances in a U.N. convention that regulates narcotics. If the chemicals are added to the list, countries would be required to monitor their export and inform recipient nations of any planned shipments, the article notes. Nations also would have to seize shipments that appeared linked to illegal production of a narcotic drug. Drug cartels are selling lethal doses of fentanyl disguised as street heroin and counterfeit OxyContin pills, two U.S. government agencies warned earlier this month. Just a few grains of fentanyl can be lethal, the agencies said.
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