Earlier this year, Congress and President Biden extended a terrible Trump-era policy increasing the use of severe mandatory minimum sentences for fentanyl-related substances.
That harmful policy expires this October, and the White House is expected to make a recommendation soon about how to proceed on this issue. Please urge President Biden to let the policy expire, stop ramping up harsh penalties for drugs, and pursue a public health approach instead.
We are all concerned about overdose. But we know that harsher punishments for drugs will not solve the overdose crisis. Instead of doubling down on enforcement, we need a public health solution.