Orange County Legislature passes resolution calling for NYS to classify as controlled substances certain Fentanyl “analogues”
The Orange County Legislature wants New York State to classify as controlled substances certain Fentanyl “analogues” responsible for a number of overdose deaths. Approximately 102 people in Orange County have died this year due to opioid overdoses. Eighteen of these overdoses were the result, in part, of the deceased’s use of one or more fentanyl analogues that were not controlled substances and were not illegal when the deceased used them. They are sometimes added by drug street providers to make a product more powerful. Families who have lost loved ones to overdoses involving Fentanyl also were present in the Legislative chambers.
Fentanyl “analogues” are drugs that have been designed to mimic the pharmacological effects of fentanyl, but that are not controlled substances in the State of New York because they are not listed on the appropriate schedules that classify controlled substances in New York State Public Health Law Section 3306. According to Hoovler, the ability of law enforcement to investigate and prosecute sellers of deadly opioid drugs is hampered by the gap in the law that results in some fentanyl analogues not being classified as controlled substances because the New York State Legislature has not added those analogues to the appropriate Public Health Law schedules.
“As a result of the failure of our State Legislature to define some fentanyl analogues as controlled substances, the illegal drug chemists are constantly ahead of law enforcement,” Hoovler said. “One or two substances get added to the Public Health Law schedules; the criminals develop several more, which aren’t controlled substances until the State Legislature acts. And, of course, State legislative action can take years, if it occurs at all. People are dying and we can’t keep falling behind the drug dealers.”
Hoovler added: “We owe it to our residents to make this effort, and I commend the Orange County Legislature for taking the forefront on this important issue.”
Photo captions: (From left to right) 1. Mount Hope’s Michael Haney, Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler, Legislator Rob Sassi and Laura Beck of Pine Bush after Thursday’s Legislative meeting. Haney’s son, Brock, died as the result of an opioid overdose involving Fentanyl 2016. He was 25. Beck’s stepson, Ethan, passed away last year due to an opioid overdose in which Fentanyl was