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December 08, 2022

Trone’s FENTANYL Results Act passed by the House Through FY23 Defense Bill


December 8, 2022

Contact: Sasha Galbreath, 

Trone’s FENTANYL Results Act passed by the House Through FY23 Defense Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman David Trone’s (D-MD) Fighting Emerging Narcotics Through Additional Nations to Yield Lasting (FENTANYL) Results Act passed the U.S. House through the FY23 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation now awaits passage in the Senate.

The FENTANYL Results Act would authorize 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. 

A record 108,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2021, and more than 200 people die every day from overdoses related to synthetic opioids. The FENTANYL Results Act has the potential to save countless lives and would work to ease the nation’s worsening synthetic opioid epidemic.

“I came to Congress to put an end to our nation’s worsening addiction crisis once and for all. Today’s passage of the FENTANYL Results Act is a crucial step toward preventing further loss in communities across our nation,” said Congressman Trone, co-chair of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force. “International cooperation is a key piece to solving this puzzle, and this legislation will allow us to press for international action to stop the flow of fentanyl into our country. This crisis is not just a public health priority, but also a national security priority.” 

In October, Congressman Trone wrote letters to the Chinese and Mexican Ambassadors encouraging further engagement to end the opioid epidemic.

Other provisions of the NDAA include:

  • Increased pay and benefits for service members and their families, including a 4.6% pay raise for service members and civilian personnel;
  • Support for HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions, allocating over $131 million for research activities at HBCUs and establishing a pilot program to increase research capacity at minority-serving institutions;
  • Civilian harm mitigation measures, including the establishment of a Commission on Civilian Harm and a Center for Excellence in Civilian Harm Mitigation at the Department of Defense;
  • New investments in science and technology competitiveness, including additional funding for next-generation capabilities in hypersonics, electronic warfare, directed energy, artificial intelligence, and software; and,
  • Resources for U.S. allies and partners, including the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) and funding for the European Deterrence Initiative (EDI) and Pacific Deterrence Initiative (PDI).

Congressman Trone’s request for $20 million to support water infrastructure in Brunswick and Boonsboro was also included and passed in the NDAA.

You can read the NDAA’s bill summary here and access its full text 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 Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the mental health and addiction crises, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.

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