Attorney General Frosh Joins Bipartisan Coalition in Calling for Fentanyl to Remain a Schedule I Drug

All 56 State and Territory Attorneys General Offer Collective Support for Crucial Legislation

News Release, Office of the Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh

BALTIMORE, MD (December 11, 2019) – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today joined a bipartisan coalition of all 56 state and territory attorneys general in calling for Congress to permanently classify fentanyl-related substances as Schedule I drugs, which are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

“Fentanyl-related overdose deaths continue to remain a crisis in Maryland and around the country, and this critical legislation gives law enforcement the tools to help curb this epidemic,” said Attorney General Frosh. “Fentanyl is being used as a cheap—and deadly—filler for street drugs such as heroin, and continued state and federal efforts are crucial in getting illicit, non-prescription drugs out of our communities.”

In their letter, the attorneys general urge Congress to pass S. 2701, the Federal Initiative to Guarantee Health by Targeting (FIGHT) Fentanyl Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Joe Manchin (D-WV).

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a temporary scheduling order in February 2018 to schedule fentanyl-related substances that have allowed federal law enforcement authorities to bring criminal actions against individuals who manufacture, distribute, or handle fentanyl-related substances.  This scheduling order is set to expire in less than two months, on February 6, 2020.  The FIGHT Fentanyl Act codifies DEA precedent to schedule fentanyl-related substances.

The FIGHT Fentanyl Act will ensure law enforcement agencies and courts retain the tools needed to keep those who traffic in this deadly substance off the streets.  In the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 72,000 drug-related deaths in the United States in 2017.  Of those deaths, roughly 40% involved fentanyl or a fentanyl-related compound.

With the support of every attorney general, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) has chosen to endorse the legislation as one of its official policy positions.

The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.

To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at

Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II

© 2019 The Southern Maryland Chronicle. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.