Governor Andrew Cuomo continued his roll out of his 2020 agenda on Monday with a proposal that would ban fentanyl analogs.
The move is meant to further combat the state’s opioid addiction crisis by outlawing a synthetic drug seen as 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
“The opioid epidemic is a public health crisis that continues to ravage too many communities across this country. In New York we have taken aggressive action to combat this disease, and we are seeing results with the first reduction in opioid deaths in 10 years,” Cuomo said.
“Despite this progress, drug dealers have turned to lacing opioids and other illicit drugs with fentanyl analogs — a deadly synthetic opioid that current law does not ban,” he continued. “This two-pronged proposal will tackle that problem by banning these dangerous fentanyl copycats and providing treatment to people suffering from opioid addiction before it’s too late.”
If approved the measure would make the sale of fentanyl analogs subject to similar criminal sale or possession penalties as controlled substances.
The move would authorize the state health commissioner to ban any new synthetic analogs that have been added to the federal controlled substances list.