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Fighting Emerging Narcotics Through Additional Nations to Yield Lasting Results Act

Floor Speech

By: Ted Yoho
By: Ted Yoho
Date: Nov. 18, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the FENTANYL Results Act.

The opioid crisis continues to have a devastating effect on Americans across this great Nation. It is imperative we use all the tools at our disposal to fully address this problem.

The FENTANYL Results Act ensures that we leverage the role of the State Department in this whole-of-government effort. Specifically, this bill requires the Secretary of State to prioritize efforts to combat international trafficking in synthetic drugs and new psychoactive substances.

A key provision of this bill authorizes the Secretary to provide assistance to foreign law enforcement agencies, including those in drug-transit countries, to stem the illicit flow of fentanyl and other synthetic drugs across our borders.

This bill requires the Secretary to foster greater partnerships with international drug agencies and increase data collection to keep pace with emerging synthetic drug use that could be exploited by the international trafficking networks.

It also addresses the demand side of this problem by authorizing an action change program to provide educational and professional development on demand reduction matters.

This bill is an important measure to continue our aggressive fight against this deadly fentanyl epidemic, and I urge my colleagues to support this legislation.

In closing, I want to thank Representative Trone for his work on this issue.

We all know someone, unfortunately, who has suffered from addiction. We must remain committed to defeating substance abuse and saving American lives. I urge my colleagues to support this bill.

I, too, would like to thank Chairman Engel for his years of dedication and service to the State of New York and to this Nation and his friendship. It has been an honor to work with you, sir. It has been an honor to know you, and I wish the best of life to you and Pat in the future.