Congresswoman Claudia Tenney proposes drug prevention bill - Binghamton-area News, Weather, Sports

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney proposes drug prevention bill

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The Deterring Overseas Narcotics Transport Act, otherwise known as the DONT ACT, is being proposed to prevent illegal drug importation.

The bill is meant to put tighter restrictions on countries that produce the opioid called fentanyl, a drug much stronger than heroin.

It would require the U.S. Department of State to add countries that are identified as being a significant source of fentanyl to its annual report on narcotics trafficking. 

It will also would take away bilateral foreign aid from any fentanyl-producing country that fail to cooperate with the U.S. on the narcotics control programs and initiatives.

Tenney says this is just one more way to help fight the opioid epidemic in our area.

"We can minimize the amount of fentanyl comes in and the amount of money the people are going to make off of it," said Tenney, "and make sure that people are less at risk that are going to be victims and hustled with the sale of fentanyl in addition to all the other opioid drugs that are being sold."

This proposal comes along with Tenney's support of President Donald Trump's extension of the nation's Public Health Emergency Declaration. 

Congresswoman Tenney said she hopes that if this bill is not passed, she hopes something similar to it will be soon.

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