Details now on an emergency law making it more difficult for drug dealers to get away with selling Fentanyl. The DEA passed an act making all forms of the drug illegal.
DEA special agent in charge Greg Westfall says before this law drug maker could change one small chemical compound making it legal.
The CDC reports in 2015 there were 52,000 drug overdose deaths nationwide. In 2016, there were 64,000. 20,000 of those were from a synthetic opioid. Westfall believes Fentanyl was used in many of those deaths.
“For a couple thousand dollars you can buy a kilogram of Fentanyl, and if you do it right, you can make millions,” says Westfall.
The act will become law in mid-January and last two years. The DEA is working to make it permanent.
States including Indiana are already working to make their own law.