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Illicit Fentanyl and Weapons of Mass Destruction: International Controls and Policy Options

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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Library of Congress, Congressional Research SVC

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As synthetic opioid overdose deaths in the United States reach historic levels, some policy stakeholders have sought U.S. action in designating fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction WMD. Such calls have also prompted congressional interest. Although a statutory designation of fentanyl as a WMD does not appear necessary for additional executive branch action to address fentanyl as an illicit drug or chemical weapon, Congress may consider developing legislation to improve upon perceived shortcomings in the U.S. governments approach to addressing fentanyl.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare

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[A, Approved For Public Release]