Been There, Done That: Fentanyl Ban Extension Continues Failed War on Drugs

Contact: Rafael Medina, [email protected], 202.869.0390

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement regarding the House of Representatives’ vote to extend the Drug Enforcement Agency’s temporary order making fentanyl-related substances Schedule I:

“We’ve been there and done that with the failed war on drugs. Instead of continuing failed policies that disproportionately incarcerate people of color, Congress must advance legislation that focuses on a public health approach to the problem at hand. We look forward to working with members to find new solutions — long-term, evidence-based approaches that will make our communities safer.”

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