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    This page contains excerpts from government reports, signed by elected officials.

17LTR-NPP on Feb 17, 2017

Report: criminalizing imports of opioid precursors
Source: Letter on Fentanyl
Excerpts from Letter from 17 Senators to the President of the European Commission We write to request designating NPP and ANPP, which are precursor chemicals of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, as Table I substances under the 1988 UN Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. NPP and ANPP are [legal under EU law but] already controlled in the U.S. under the Controlled Substances Act. However, without collective international action it will be difficult to control NPP and ANPP, and will frustrate efforts to curb manufacturing and trafficking of illicit fentanyl.

Opposing argument: (ACLU, "Against Drug Prohibition"): People in almost all cultures, in every era, have used psychoactive drugs. A "drug free America" is not a realistic goal, and by criminally banning psychoactive drugs the government has ceded control of potentially dangerous substances to criminals. Instead of trying to stamp out drug use, our government should focus on reducing drug abuse and prohibition-generated crime. This requires a fundamental change in public policy: repeal of criminal prohibition and the creation of a reasonable regulatory system.

Opposing argument: (Cato Institute, "Do Restrictions Reduce Opioid Poisonings?", by Jeffrey Miron): Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs), which record a patient's opioid prescribing history, when required as "must access," PDMPs significantly reduce misuse in Medicare Part D. But there is no statistically significant effect on opioid poisoning incidents. How is this possible? The simplest explanation is that, despite all the hype, prescription opioids are not that dangerous, even in heavy doses, when used under medical supervision. Instead, most poisonings reflect use of diverted prescription opioids, or black market opioids, which may be adulterated. Under this interpretation, restrictions on opioid prescribing might even increase opioid poisonings. Also see related letter on drug treatment


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 19. Question 19: Marijuana is a gateway drug Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Drugs
  • Headline: Criminalize imports of opioid precursors (Score: 1)

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Democrats participating in 17LTR-NPP

Tammy Baldwin s1sWI Democratic Challenger 
Richard Blumenthal s1sCT Democratic Sr Senator 
Sherrod Brown s1sOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Bob Casey s1sPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer 
Dianne Feinstein s1sCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Kirsten Gillibrand s1sNew York Democrat 
Heidi Heitkamp s1sND Democratic Challenger 
Tim Kaine s1sVA Democratic Challenger 
Amy Klobuchar s1sMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator 
Joe Manchin III s1sWV Democratic Senator 
Ed Markey s1sMA Democratic Challenger 
Jack Reed s1sRI Democratic Sr Senator 
Bernie Sanders s1sPOTUS Democratic Presidential candidate 
Elizabeth Warren s1sMA Democratic Challenger 
Ron Wyden s1sOR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 17LTR-NPP



Independents participating in 17LTR-NPP

Angus King s1sME Former Independent Governor (1995-2002) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 15
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1


















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