The U.S. House will vote on the HALT Fentanyl Act this Thursday, May 25. It would ramp up harsh mandatory minimum sentences for fentanyl analogues. And it would permanently make all fentanyl-related substances Schedule I without first testing them for benefits or harm.
This bill is a dangerous step in the wrong direction. Criminalization has already failed to keep our communities safer. Increased penalties will only put more lives at risk and make the overdose crisis worse.
We need a health approach to fentanyl and the overdose crisis, not more punishment. Tell your U.S. Representative to oppose this bill and fight instead for the health-based solutions that will save lives.