A class 1 scheduling which was placed on FRS (fentanyl-related substances) by the previous admimistration is set to expire. In addition to the class 1
scheduling under the Controlled Substances Act there have been additional penalties levied against those who traffick and possess FRS. Some groups
believe FRS have been "over-criminalized" and would like to see the restrictions relaxed. Others believe the laws should be strengthened and the
FRS have brought death and destruction to communities where they are trafficked and consumed, and untold damage has been done to individuals and the
families of individuals who use these substances in ways which they are not intended to be used. The amount of fentanyl and fentanyl laced drugs
coming across the U.S. border and being shipped in from overseas has increased dramatically over the last few years. The covid lockdowns saw a
significant uptick in the abuse of these substances as well as overdoses and fatalities which are directly related to FRS. In addition, an immense
strain is placed upon law enforcement and social services in communities which have been heavily impacted by FRS.
White House proposes removing penalties for fentanyl trafficking-related
Human Rights Watch
More than 140 Groups Urge White
House to End Over-Criminalization of Fentanyl-Related Substances
White House pushes to make
fentanyl a Schedule 1 drug as overdoses soar - but gets rid of mandatory minimums over concerns of racial disparity
I've read through a few different sources and found the information being presented to be rather confusing and unclear. This is federal drug policy
being discussed, and it seems that deliberately sowing confusion is the order of the day (though it might just be me getting confused). The reporting
comes from Mockingbird media, so take with a grain of salt.
I have mixed feelings on this topic. I have an inherent distrust for the pharmaceutical companies which produce opiates, though much of what is being
discussed here appears to either be produced by cartels or international chemical corporations with little oversight. These substances exist and are
available to those who know where to look. I don't know what real benefit comes from aggressively policing these substances. It is human nature to
seek out that which we are told not to seek, especially among younger individuals. I was introduced to the D.A.R.E. program as a young child which
caused me to become aware of substances I had never heard of, and being told not to do these things actually encouraged me to seek them out
(admittedly I am an extreme case and the trajectory of my life would most likely have caused me to seek them anyway).
Several years ago a dear friend of mine became terminally ill with very agressive cancer which rapidly spread and resisted treatment. Though fentanyl
made him sick, it was one of the only substances which gave him relief. This is my only (slightly) positive experience with fentanyl.
My negative experiences far outweigh the positive. My former partner of seven years experienced great tragedy when her younger brother consumed
fentanyl laced H, lapsed into a coma, and died in hospital shortly after. Both my former partner and her family have not recovered from this loss. Our
relationship never recovered from this loss. That young man was a brilliant, talented, wonderful human being who left this world before he reached his
I live in Vermont near the small town of Bennington. An immense amount of FRS and narcotics pass through the area from MA, NY, and NJ en route to
Canada. Bennington and southern VT have been disproportionately impacted by these substances. Overdoses have become a regular occurrence and large
drug busts are common. In the past two years alone I have attended the funerals of three young men who were very dear to me. All of them were
intelligent, capable, hard-working individuals. One a gifted chef with a young son, another a chemist with advanced degrees who taught high-school,
and the third a very talented mechanic. One of them got some blow laced with fentanyl, another consumed a counterfeit pill which ended up being almost
pure pressed fentanyl, and the third hid his habit so well that neither friends nor family was fully cognizant of his habit. Two of those men leave
behind young children who will never know their fathers. All of these men were victims of an extremely dangerous habit which turned deadly when FRS
became involved. It is believed that none were aware they were ingesting FRS laced substances. The negative repercussions didn't stop with their
deaths. The pushers who sold the three men these substances all live in the community. Many lives were destroyed and multiple families were
devastated. Speaking personally, there is a void in my heart for each of these men who passed before their time.
These men made a choice. They took a huge risk. They chose to pursue a high with known dangers. What they did not choose was to consume fentanyl. They
all believed they were consuming a different substance. They made the very dangerous assumption that untested street drugs were as advertised. No one
should ever make the assumption that a street drug is the chemical composition which it is said to be. That is a life or death gamble which can and
often does end in death or permanent disability.
I have a great deal of empathy for those who struggle with substance abuse. I have had my own struggles with substances and it took many years and
many hardships for me to change my lifestyle. Where I grew up in the Caribbean substance abuse was normalized, and for various reasons during
adolescence I turned to substance abuse as a means of self-medication. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be alive today to write this
I may share my struggles with ATS if I am able to find a way to keep it within T&C's. If I do choose to share those experiences here it will be
solely so that others might learn from what I've endured and subjected myself to. I do volunteer work with at risk individuals in my community, and
though I find it very difficult, I believe it to be an important endeavor. Only those who truly desire change will effect lasting change for
themselves, though a positive influence can make a world of difference.
I'm interested to know what others think about FRS, federal drug policy, and how these issues may have impacted your communities. Apologies for the
sombre tenor of this thread. These topics are not uplifting and are not for the faint of heart, though they are important topics nonetheless.
I hope that I haven't abused the T&C's with this thread. I believe it is abundantly clear that I neither encourage nor condone the use of these
substances. If I had my way, none of these substances would exist, or even better yet, every individual would exercise the discretion and
responsibility to never abuse dangerous chemical compounds.
What I've shared of my personal experience is for educational purposes only.