Fentanyl: Federal Response, Trafficking and Legislation


Chris C. Thomas (Editor)

Series: Drug Transit and Distribution, Interception and Control; Laws and Legislation
BISAC: LAW118000

The opioid crisis in the United States is exacerbated by both the ubiquity and potency of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is commonly mixed surreptitiously with other illicit drugs—such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine—and thus is often taken unknowingly, which has driven an increase in opioid overdoses in recent years. The CDC estimates that there were about 110,000 drug overdose deaths in 2022, and of those, roughly 75% were due to fentanyl or other synthetic opioids.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Fighting Fentanyl: The Federal Response to a Growing Crisis
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Chapter 2. Clinical Fentanyl Testing
Amanda K. Sarata

Chapter 3. Countering Illicit Fentanyl Trafficking
Committee on Foreign Relations

Chapter 4. Halt All Lethal Trafficking of Fentanyl Act
Committee on Energy and Commerce

Chapter 5. Comparison of Proposed Legislation Concerning Fentanyl-Related Substances
Joanna R. Lampe and Lisa N. Sacco

Chapter 6. An Expiration Date for Temporary Control of Fentanyl Analogues
Joanna R. Lampe


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