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Latta, Griffith, and Scalise Highlight the Faces of the Fentanyl Crisis


Washington, D.C. — In a GOP Leadership press conference today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) delivered remarks about the HALT Fentanyl Act, which will make the emergency class-wide scheduling order for fentanyl-related substances permanent.

The emergency class-wide scheduling order for fentanyl-related substances is set to expire on February 18, 2022. There are deadly consequences if Speaker Pelosi and Democrats allow this order to expire or continue to kick the can down the road with temporary extensions.

Congressman Bob Latta:

“The Centers for Disease Control reported that in the United States in a 20-month period ending in April 2021, there were over 100,000 drug overdoses with two-thirds of these caused by synthetic opioids. During the same period there were over 5,585 drug overdose deaths in my home state of Ohio. 5,585 lives lost.”


“You know, when you look at these pictures today, from Kimberly, age 9; Alexander, 14, Devin, 19; Hayley, 20; Daniel, 16; Zachary, 17; and Spencer, 20. It’s time to act and we have to get it done and we got to do it now.

“These are the faces of the fentanyl crisis that is wreaking havoc to our communities. They deserve justice and their families deserve justice, and that’s why, as I’ve said, we’ve got to act.”

Congressman Morgan Griffith:

In 2020, my home state of Virginia hit a tragic milestone. Fatal drug overdoses hit an all-time-high. Fentanyl and its analogues caused or contributed to 71.8 percent of those deaths.

“We know that fentanyl-related substances are contributing to the surge in overdose deaths, but under current law, their temporary placement in Schedule I expires in February. Our bill, that we’re introducing today, would make that scheduling permanent.

“Our bill doesn’t stop there. It streamlines research on fentanyl analogues so that we can better understand the effects of these substances.”

Whip Steve Scalise:

“The opioid crisis is a direct result of President Biden’s open borders. The border crisis has led to many other crises, but especially when we see this infusion of drugs coming across our southern border.

“Border Patrol agents will tell you it’s a direct result of the open borders. But it’s also made every community in America a border town now because the crisis at the border is affecting every community in America.”