Controversy over fentanyl ban

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ALBANY, NY – As part of his state of the state proposals, Governor Cuomo says he’d like to ban fentanyl analogs.

But, as NewsChannel 34’s Corina Cappabianca shows us, that proposal is catching heat from some lawmakers and advocates who say it’s a ‘drug war tactic.’

Activists from across the state held tombstone signs at the state capitol today to fight against a proposal to ban fentanyl analogs.

One of those people is Alexis Pleus who lost her son to an overdose in 2014.

((Alexis Pleus, Activist))
We are fighting back against the classification of fentanyl because that is more failed drug war tactics. And we are not going to stand for it.

In December Governor Cuomo unveiled his second state of the state proposal to ban fentanyl analogs saying:

“… drug dealers have turned to lacing opioids and other illicit drugs with fentanyl analogs — a deadly synthetic opioid that current law does not ban.”

According to the Governor’s office ‘ some analogs are prohibited by the federal government’s controlled substances schedule, but are not listed in the State schedule.’

But, some say that will not end the overdose crisis.

((Jawanza Williams, VOCAL NY))
Medication assisted treatment is the only way forward. The continued incarceration for those tragically addicted to drugs has been an abject failure.

The Governor has also called for an expansion of medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.

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