On Fentanyl Awareness Day, Rosen Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Sanctions Against Fentanyl Traffickers

This Bipartisan Legislation Would Also Declare Fentanyl Trafficking A National Emergency

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) co-sponsored the bipartisan Fentanyl Eradication and Narcotics Deterrence (FEND) Off Fentanyl Act to help combat fentanyl trafficking by requiring the President to sanction drug cartels that are involved in international drug trafficking, including chemical suppliers in China and cartels from Mexico. It would also crack down on fentanyl-related money laundering and declare fentanyl trafficking a national emergency, freeing up additional federal resources to combat the fentanyl drug crisis in the country.

“The deadly opioid crisis fueled by fentanyl is killing Nevadans and tearing apart families,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m supporting this bipartisan legislation to stop the flow of fentanyl into our country by sanctioning international traffickers and dismantling criminal networks.”

Senator Rosen has been a leader in the fight to end fentanyl trafficking. Earlier this year, Senator Rosen helped introduce the bipartisan Eradicating Narcotic Drugs and Formulating Effective New Tools to Address National Yearly Losses of Life (END FENTANYL) Act, which would help end drug smuggling by requiring the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to update its drug interdiction guidance at least once every three years. Senator Rosen also introduced the Department of Homeland Security Opioid Detection Resilience Act, which was signed into law in 2020, to ensure Homeland Security personnel would have adequate chemical screening devices for synthetic opioid detection.