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Brown's Fentanyl Sanctions Act Aims to Reduce Overdose Deaths

A photo of Sherrod Brown.
Brown was a co-sponsor of the Fentanyl Sanctions Act signed into law at the end of last year.

Senator Sherrod Brown is highlighting one of his legislative accomplishments of 2019 that he said is going to help in Ohio’s battle in the opioid crisis. Brown was a cosponsor of the Fentanyl Sanctions Act which imposes financial restrictions on foreign opioid traffickers. Tom Synan is the police chief in Newtown near Cincinnati. He said opioid overdose deaths are up in Ohio and many of them are caused by fentanyl coming from other countries.

“I believe the Fentanyl Sanctions Act is a significant tool to help us with law enforcement, help us reduce the impact that fentanyl has on our communities and country. We gotta think about this. If fentanyl hits the streets of the United States, it’s too late.

Senator Brown also said the Fentanyl Sanctions Act allows the U.S. to be more proactive in preventing traffickers from importing opioids to the U.S.