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December 13, 2022

Trone, Guest Introduce END FENTANYL Act 


December 13, 2022

Contact: Sasha Galbreath, 

Trone, Guest Introduce END FENTANYL Act 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the rising threat of illicit fentanyl, Congressmen David Trone (D-MD) and Michael Guest (R-MS) introduced the bipartisan and bicameral Eradicating Narcotic Drugs and Formulating Effective New Tools to Address National Yearly Losses of Life (END FENTANYL) Act.

Since March of 2022, fentanyl overdoses have become one of the leading causes of death for adults aged 18-45, according to data released by the CDC.

“Far too many Americans have lost loved ones to opioid overdoses, and millions more are currently suffering from substance use disorder. Working together, we must do everything we can to stem the flow of illicit fentanyl into our communities,” said Congressman David Trone. “The END FENTANYL Act will allow us to keep inspection practices at the border up to date to better combat this ever-evolving epidemic and save lives. This is a common-sense, bipartisan effort that we can all get behind.”

“The damage that has already been caused by fentanyl is irreparable. Overdoses caused by fentanyl are now the leading cause of death in Americans aged 18 to 45, but we can act to mitigate the continued devastation that the drug is causing in communities across our nation,” Congressman Michael Guest said. “This bill is a strong step forward in our mission to save as many lives as possible from this deadly drug, and we must continue to work with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to stop the flow of fentanyl into our communities. I’m grateful for Congressman Trone and Senator Scott for their efforts towards this important goal.”

The END FENTANYL Act would require CBP to update its manuals at least every three years to identify ways to help prevent drug and human smuggling activity through ports of entry. It also would require the CBP Commissioner to report any changes that are made to the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

The Senate companion to the bill, S. 4460, was introduced by Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and has been approved by the Senate’s Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

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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