Congressional leaders are pushing to extend a ban on highly addictive fentanyl analogs, with the promise lawmakers will then turn to finding a permanent solution to the overdose epidemic.
A House-passed six-month extension of the ban, which expires May 6, left members of both parties unhappy. Republicans want to make permanent the government’s power to classify fentanyl-like drugs among the most-controlled substances. Democrats say the policy is an extension of the war on drugs, which disproportionately hits communities of color.
The House passed the extension (