TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — Congressman Anthony Brindisi is cracking down on fentanyl on the federal level.
Brindisi is pushing for the new Fentanyl Sanctions Act in hopes of advancing the fight against the opioid epidemic that continues to claim lives here in Broome County.
“Our Fentanyl Sanctions Act would force China to follow through on their commitment to make all fentanyl illegal and give law enforcement more tools and resources to fight back against the drug traffickers,” said Brindisi.
He explains the new bill would focus on three main parts:
One, “it would require imposition of sanctions on drug manufacturers in China who knowingly provide synthetic opioids to traffickers, transnational criminal organizations like those in Mexico who mix fentanyl with other drugs and traffic them into the United States and financial institutions that assist such entities.”
Two, it would provide more money for both local law enforcement and national agencies to be used, “to combat the foreign trafficking of opioids.”
Money that he says would help places like Broome County.
Brindisi explains, “typically it would get spread through areas that have been identified as having an increase in opioid-related deaths.”
Finally saying, “it will establish a commission on synthetic opioid trafficking to monitor United States efforts and report on how more effectively to combat the flow of synthetic opioids from China, Mexico and elsewhere.”
The act was included in both the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act, or the NDAA.
Brindisi is now calling on our congressional leaders to include this bill in the final version of the NDAA that would land on the president’s desk.
He says it is expected to be signed this coming fall.