At a press conference in Binghamton today, Congresswman Claudia Tenney introduced the Deterring Overseas Narcotics Transport Act, or the DONT Act.
The legislation would require the U.S. Department of State to add counties identified as being significant sources of fentanyl, fentanyl analogues and fentanyl precursor chemicals to its annual report on narcotics trafficking, according to Tenney’s news release. The bill is meant to combat the illegal importation of fentanyl into the U.S.
Tenney says that under the legislation, countries such as China that fail to cooperate with the U.S. on narcotics control programs and initiatives would lose access to bilateral foreign aid.
“As a member of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, I am committed to pushing forward bold policies that address the problem our country faces with drug addiction. Too many families across the country have been tragically impacted by the opioid epidemic. Fentanyl use, in particular, is continuing to rise sharply across all parts of our nation resulting in 20,000 deaths per year,” Tenney said in the news release. “The DONT ACT is common-sense legislation that would help save the lives of thousands of Americans. It is more important now than ever to join together and fight back against this epidemic that has been tearing our families apart.”
Earlier this week, Tenney was one of several members of Congress who called on President Donald Trump to extend the Public Health Emergency for the opioid epidemic, which was set to expire on Jan. 23 and has since been extended to April 23.
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