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The use of the synthetic opioid, fentanyl, has grown into a national health crisis across the country. The dangers have gotten to a point that some experts on calling the large spike of use as the third wave of the opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), deaths due to fentanyl have increased 55% from 2020 to 2021. Read More

The use of the synthetic opioid, fentanyl, has grown into a national health crisis across the country. The dangers have gotten to a point that some experts on calling the large spike of use as the third wave of the opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), deaths due to fentanyl have increased 55% from 2020 to 2021.

To try and combat this alarming rise in deaths, senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Diana Feinstein (D-CA), joined by senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced a new bill titled “Bruce’s Law.”

According to Murkowski’s website,  Bruce’s Law  is “named after a young Alaskan, Robert “Bruce” Snodgrass, who passed away from a fentanyl overdose in 2021.” The law “will bolster federal prevention and education efforts surrounding the dangers of drugs laced with fentanyl… It also authorizes new Community-Based Coalition Enhancement grants to help educate young people about the risks of street drugs laced with fentanyl. This would allow Drug-Free Communities Coalitions to access new funding focused on fentanyl to try to curb its use.”

Back in June, Murkowski spoke on the senate floor and introduced the bill. She said that “We cannot stand idly by and allow the fentanyl epidemic to wreak havoc on individuals, families, and communities across our state…the passing of Bruce Snodgrass was heartbreaking and all too familiar. I continue to read headline after headline in our local press – and directly from Alaskans who are impacted – about the fentanyl crisis intensifying.” She added that, “we also know that we’re not alone, that this is a national crisis, and that we need to do more.”

Diana Feinstein had noted that “Fentanyl kills more Americans than any other drug, and it takes only a small amount to cause to a fatal overdose. As more fentanyl is being mixed into illicit drugs, it’s important that all Americans are aware of the prevalence of fentanyl and the danger it poses.”

Sandy Snodgrass, Bruce’s mother, shared, “On October 26, 2021, my 22-year-old son, Bruce, died by fentanyl poisoning in Anchorage, Alaska. Since that day, I have learned that the amount of fentanyl that it takes to kill you can sit on the tip of a pencil…I have learned that drug overdose, largely due to fentanyl poisoning, is the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18-45…I have learned that all illicit drugs in this country need to be suspected of being poisoned by fentanyl…I have learned that the CDC reports to date in 2022, an American dies every 5 minutes of a drug overdose.” Sandy has now dedicated her life to raise awareness about this fatal drug. On the senate floor she implored congress to “join us in raising awareness and providing education to as many Americans as we can reach, as quickly as we can reach them. Time is not on our side!”

 

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