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house Bill H.R. 2851

Should Synthetic Drugs (Like the Opioid Fentanyl) be a New Class of Controlled Substances?

Argument in favor

This bill will help put a stop to the importation and distribution of dangerous synthetic drugs by giving law enforcement the tools they need to keep traffickers of these drugs off the streets.

Joseph's Opinion
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06/10/2018
Why in the hell wouldn’t synthetic drugs be listed as controlled substances. Marijuana plants are listed as schedule one, so why isn’t synthetic marijuana scheduled the same way?
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Purrkitty's Opinion
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06/15/2018
Enforce the laws on the books. Build the wall.
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Chickie's Opinion
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06/15/2018
Although I agree certain pain medication should have tighter regulations, awareness needs to occur. There are millions of Americans that suffer from autoimmune deficiency. Although they do not need Fentanyl for treatment, they do need other opioids for their intense pain. These are responsible adults who need certain pain medication for daily function. They should not experience prejudice when picking up prescriptions.
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Argument opposed

There are already laws on the books that can be used to designate synthetic drugs as illegal and to punish their traffickers so this bill, while well-intended, is unnecessary.

Christophunk's Opinion
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06/14/2018
This bill bans kratom, a natural plant with incredible properties, that many many people use for the great health and healing properties. Please vote NO on this bill or only vote yes if the Pocan amendment is added which takes kratom out of the bill. My quality of life will be destroyed if this passes as is. Thank you kindly.
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Ted's Opinion
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06/19/2017
Seems like an attempt to further the failing drug war. Enough already!
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AndreB's Opinion
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06/17/2017
This bill gives the Attorney General too much power to enact drug policy. That should be in the domain of congress to ensure that its had some thorough medical review. There are already some drugs that need to be re-classified. The War on Drugs has been out of control for far too long already. We don't need new tactics for mass incarceration.
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    Why in the hell wouldn’t synthetic drugs be listed as controlled substances. Marijuana plants are listed as schedule one, so why isn’t synthetic marijuana scheduled the same way?
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    This bill bans kratom, a natural plant with incredible properties, that many many people use for the great health and healing properties. Please vote NO on this bill or only vote yes if the Pocan amendment is added which takes kratom out of the bill. My quality of life will be destroyed if this passes as is. Thank you kindly.
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    Seems like an attempt to further the failing drug war. Enough already!
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    This bill gives the Attorney General too much power to enact drug policy. That should be in the domain of congress to ensure that its had some thorough medical review. There are already some drugs that need to be re-classified. The War on Drugs has been out of control for far too long already. We don't need new tactics for mass incarceration.
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    Republican grandstanding again. There are laws on the books that can and should be used to accomplish the controls specified in this bill, and the time and legislative energy spent passing it could be put to better use.
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    This bill may be well intended, but it puts too much power in the hands of the DOJ, will punish people who don't have criminal intentions, and overcriminalize certain behaviors. Instead of expanding our ineffective war on drugs, we should focus on treatment for people who are already addicted.
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    The concerning part of this bill is less the content it proposes to regulate but its implication on the separation of powers in this country. Giving all power to the department of justice in regards to a health related problem is absurd and irresponsible. The continuing criminalization of drugs has done nothing to reduce drug abuse and has succeeded only in creating criminals out of otherwise law abiding citizens. Concentrating power is a telltale sign of the disintegration of democracy and allowing this bill to pass undermines the foundation of our free country.
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    These drugs are already controlled. Any changes need to be based on real science and research, not to further someone’s political agenda.
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    No, and the War on Drugs should be ended
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    Stop ramping up the drug war and throwing people in jail! This is ridiculous! We should have learned already that locking people up for drugs has not deterred drug use and only ruins countless lives. Focus on drug education and rehabilitation for drug addiction.
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    Stop the war on drugs! It’s a proven failure. Invest in successful treatment. Legalize drugs, tax them, then use the tax money to fund evidence based treatment.
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    My mom has a terminal illness and she has now had to change pain medication because she can’t get her old medication that works for her. Now she’s on medication that doesn’t work and like with all controlled substances there are insurance issues that come into play, so she has to go a few days here and there without. I hate to see her like that because she’s in such pain! ☹️
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    We need to address the opioid addiction problem as a health care issue rather than a law enforcement issue.
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    Even more enforcement. Why not focus on education and rehabilitation?
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    These medications are needed for pain patients. It is already hard enough for patients that need these medications to get a prescription. Those of you that think they should be illegal have no idea what it is like to live with pain daily. These medications give quality of life to those that need it. Do not punish those that need these medications because some individuals abuse them. Better treatments for addiction is the way to go. The addict, though, has to want to get treatment.
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    There are enough Laws on the books already. All this Bill will do is make it harder for people with severe pain to get the medicine they need!!!!!!!
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    Enforce the laws on the books. Build the wall.
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    Fentynyl is already a controlled substance. We don't need more laws, we need a more rational policy to address the problem of drug addiction
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    Seems very unnecessary. Fentanyl has been around for years, it's nothing new.
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    I am one of those people for whom morphine does not work. I need the synthetic pain medicines. Please do not make them unavailable.
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