March 16, 2017

Senator Hassan Applauds Action by United Nations to Regulate Dangerous Precursor Chemicals of Fentanyl

Senator Hassan Applauds Action by United Nations to Regulate Dangerous Precursor Chemicals of Fentanyl

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted to put precursor chemicals of fentanyl under international control and regulation by designating them as Table 1 substances.

Last month, Senator Hassan joined Senator Shaheen and a group of Senators in urging the European Commission to support the United Nations in designating precursor chemicals of fentanyl as Table 1 substances under the 1988 UN Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.

"I applaud the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs for taking this important step today, building on our efforts to stem the manufacturing and trafficking of fentanyl across our borders into the United States and to combat the deadly substance misuse crisis plaguing New Hampshire and communities across the country," Senator Hassan. "Last year, more than 70% of confirmed New Hampshire drug deaths involved fentanyl, and regulating the precursor chemicals of deadly fentanyl is essential to stemming the tide of addiction and saving lives."

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