Governor Calls For Ban On Offshoots Of FentanylPosted: Updated:
Governor Cuomo wants to ban offshoots of the deadly drug fentanyl and make it possible to go after the people who make it.
Traditionally, fentanyl is a pain reliever used for severe, chronic pain.
But drug dealers have been making their own versions of the drug, to make heroin and other drugs stronger and cheaper.
The creation of these new forms of fentanyl, known as "analogs," have made it challenging to combat the drug.
"From the moment one analog was outlawed, one molecule change immediately created a new substance which was not banned, and therefor legal to sell," said Anita Seefried-Brown, project director for Alliance for Better Communities.
Seefried-Brown works with people recovering from drug addiction. She says this legislation would be a big help.
"It will improve the health and safety of the people of Jefferson County and Watertown greatly," she said.
Assemblywoman Addie Jenne says this legislation has been discussed in the Assembly.
She says it's important that any law targets high level dealers and manufacturers, not the users of the drugs.
In a statement, Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush said, "There needs to be further discussion about designer fentanyl crises, especially its resistance of the overdose antidote Naloxone."
State Senator Patty Ritchie said that part of her efforts to stop the spread of fentanyl "include co-sponsoring legislation that aims to crack down on fentanyl and fentanyl-combined drugs, as well as securing funds that support law enforcement in their effort to keep these substances off our streets."
Cuomo also wants legislation to address the number of naloxone doses covered by insurance companies. Because fentanyl is so powerful, it often requires several doses of naloxone to revive someone who has overdosed.