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Senators Eye Expanding DEA Fentanyl Powers as Deadline Nears

Jan. 14, 2020, 9:46 PM

Senate Republican leaders, pushing to place fentanyl-like substances permanently on the list of most-strictly controlled drugs, have run into opposition from members of both parties fearful of the consequences.

The Justice Department has been pressing senators to make permanent a temporary Drug Enforcement Administration order that has allowed the government to classify all new fentanyl-like substances as the most dangerous and stringently regulated Schedule I drugs before the agency’s authority expires in early February, according to two Senate aides.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) chemist checks confiscated powder containing fentanyl at the DEA Northeast Regional Laboratory on October 8, 2019 in New York.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) placed a bill (S. 3148) by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on the...

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