Senator Schumer pushes defense bill to combat fentanyl flow into U.S.


Senator Chuck Schumer demanded on Sunday that the House of Representatives pass new legislation that the majority leader says would dramatically reduce the flow of fentanyl into the United States by the end of the year.

On July 27 the Senate passed the Bipartisan defense bill, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included a plan to address the influx of deadly fentanyl into the country. The narcotic is often mixed with other drugs and can leave users highly susceptible to addiction and death when taken in large amounts. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2021 nearly 107,000 people died from drug overdose and 65% of those deaths were due to fentanyl.