ARIZONA NEWS

Bill targeting opioid traffickers, producers passes House

Jun 16, 2018, 2:34 PM | Updated: Jun 21, 2018, 1:59 pm
(AP Photo/Patrick Sison)...
(AP Photo/Patrick Sison)
(AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

PHOENIX – A bipartisan bill limiting the ability of drug traffickers and producers to work around federal drug laws has passed the House.

With Arizona Reps. Martha McSally (R) and Kyrsten Sinema (D) among its 75 co-sponsors, the Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act (SITSA) creates a new classification — schedule A — for synthetic analogues in opioids.

According to a release, producers and traffickers of opioids are able to work around federal laws by changing the chemical composition of illegal drugs.

By doing so, it makes the narcotics appear as synthetic analogues to those that are already regulated, but remain just as dangerous.

“Too many Arizonans know the pain of losing a loved one, a neighbor, or a friend to an opioid overdose,” Sinema said in a release. “This bill helps build safer, healthier communities by giving law enforcement more tools to combat both producers and traffickers of dangerous, illegal drugs.”

The bill, sponsored by New York Republican John Katko, would enable the Justice Department and the Department of Health Services to quickly add synthetic analogues of dangerous opioids to schedule A if it meets the criteria.

Adding a synthetic analogue to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of controlled substance can typically take years to complete. With SITSA, however, the process could be diminished to as little as 30 days.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/Glendale Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Suspect in critical condition following shooting with Glendale Police

A suspect was in critical condition following a shooting with the Glendale Police Department on Wednesday, authorities said.
15 hours ago
(KTAR News Photo)...
Kevin Stone

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill investing more than $1B in water supply

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Wednesday that allocates $1.2 billion over three years for projects to boost and secure the state’s water supply.
15 hours ago
(Photo by Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images)...
Danny Shapiro

Arizona GOP Gov. Doug Ducey says abortion law in state will come down to courts

Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey expects the prevailing law on abortion in the state to be determined through the courts.
15 hours ago
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is interviewed in the KTAR News studio on July 6, 2022. (KTAR News Photo/Je...
KTAR.com

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey mum on endorsing his successor

With less than a month to go until Arizona's primary election, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey remains mum on his preferred successor.
15 hours ago
Kari Lake, left, and Karrin Taylor Robson...
Kevin Stone

Poll: Salmon exit helps Taylor Robson, but Lake still leads Arizona GOP governor race

Karrin Taylor Robson picked up ground in Arizona’s GOP gubernatorial race after Matt Salmon withdrew, but Kari Lake is still leading, according to new polling.
15 hours ago
(Phoenix Fire Department Photo)...
KTAR.com

Early-morning fire sends multiple Phoenix crews to scrap yard

Fire tore through a Phoenix scrap yard and damaged two properties nearby early Wednesday, first-responders said.
15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Update your child’s vaccines before kindergarten

So, your little one starts kindergarten soon. How exciting! You still have a few months before the school year starts, so now’s the time to make sure students-to-be have the vaccines needed to stay safe as they head into a new chapter of life.
Bill targeting opioid traffickers, producers passes House