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October 01, 2020

Trone, McCaul Bill to Increase Global Cooperation in Fight Against Synthetic Drug Trafficking Clears Foreign Affairs Committee, Heads to House Floor

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Trone, McCaul Bill to Increase Global Cooperation in Fight Against Synthetic Drug Trafficking Clears Foreign Affairs Committee, Heads to House Floor

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Congressman David Trone (D-MD) announced that his bill with Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), the Fighting Emerging Narcotics Through Additional Nations to Yield Lasting (FENTANYL) Results Act, passed through the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is now headed to the House floor.

Introduced in August, the FENTANYL Results Act would authorize two programs through the State Department that would build foreign law enforcement capacity to detect synthetic drugs and carry out an international exchange program for drug demand reduction experts.

Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released preliminary data showing a dramatic increase in overdose deaths from 2018 to 2019. The report highlighted that synthetic drugs led to the greatest year over year increase in overdose deaths.

“Right now, we’re seeing a drastic increase in the number of fentanyl and synthetic opioid overdoses in this county, only made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Congressman David Trone, member of the Commission to Combat Synthetic Opioid Trafficking and founder of the Freshmen Working Group on Addiction. “This bill will increase global cooperation in the fight against synthetic drug trafficking and allow us to tackle this crisis from every angle. I’m encouraged to see this bill passed out of the committee, and I look forward to its passage on the House floor.”

For a section-by-section summary, click here.

To read bill text, click here.

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Education and Labor, Foreign Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees, where he is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the opioid epidemic, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.

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