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We were so encouraged to hear that a group of Senators is working on the opioid epidemic, which still rages even though COVID replaced it in the headlines:

. . . U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), joined by Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), introduced the Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues (SOFA) Act Wednesday, legislation to give law enforcement enhanced tools to combat the opioid epidemic and close a loophole in current law that makes it difficult to prosecute crimes involving some synthetic opioids.

“Communities across Wisconsin and America have been devastated by the epidemic of opioid overdoses. The SOFA Act will close a loophole in current law that is being exploited by illegal drug manufacturers. The bill will also give law enforcement the tools to quickly schedule fentanyl analogues as they are identified, preventing these drugs from sneaking around the law,” said Sen. Johnson.

“Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, can be easily changed to form many new opioids known as fentanyl analogues. Unfortunately, current drug laws can’t keep up with the rapid introduction of these dangerous derivatives. Our bill would classify known analogues as Schedule I substances and allow law enforcement to quickly target new ones as they appear,”said Sen. Cotton. . . .

The Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues Act gives law enforcement the ability to stop the flow of these new drugs and save lives.”

“Correctly scheduling fentanyl analogues is a necessary part of fighting our country’s opioid crisis because fentanyl now claims more American lives than heroin,” said Sen. Blackburn. “By clearly defining these drugs, we can provide law enforcement officers with another weapon to confront this epidemic and help those struggling with addiction.”

“For years, the opioid epidemic has devastated the lives of too many Iowans,” said Sen. Ernst. “While I’m grateful we’ve made real progress to address this crisis, we need to continue doing everything we can to help our families and communities in peril. This legislation will close a loophole in the law and give local leaders and law enforcement resources to more effectively combat this opioid crisis.” . . .

The SOFA Act will give law enforcement the necessary tools to fight back against the proliferation of fentanyl analogues in our communities, permanently closing loopholes in the law. I thank Senator Johnson, Lauri Badura, and Dr. Timothy Westlake for working tirelessly with me on this issue,” said Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05), who introduced the companion legislation in the House.

Text of the legislation can be found here.

Sen. Johnson first introduced the SOFA Act in July 2017. . . .

Background on the SOFA Act:

  • The SOFA Act would:
    • Close a loophole in current law by immediately scheduling particular fentanyl analogues known in our communities under Schedule I; and
    • Provide the Drug Enforcement Agency additional tools to quickly schedule other dangerous fentanyl analogues as they are identified;
  • SOFA stands for Stopping Overdoses of Fentanyl Analogues and is the same acronym as an organization started by Lauri Badura of Oconomowoc, Wis. Lauri lost her son, Archie, to an overdose on May 15, 2014 and has worked to raise awareness throughout Wisconsin on the dangers of drug addiction. . . .

What do you think of this SOFA Act to combat the opioid epidemic? Discuss in the comments below!

Senator Johnson appeared on an IFA prayer webcast–view HERE.

(Excerpt from Ron Johnson. Photo Credit: Getty Images.)

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.Karen G
April 12, 2021

How wonderful to see some senators working on legislation regarding this dangerous opioid epidemic! My niece died last November due to a fentanyl overdose. God Bless them and the SOFA ACT.

April 12, 2021

Father, I thank you for these senators. I thank you that you help then remember that America is battling other causes of death apart from the pandemic. I pray for wisdom and favor for them. Father, I also pray that any bill or act or executive order that does not glorify You be overturned and reversed. Let what the enemy meant for evil be turned to good. And I pray that bills and acts that glorify You preside in the Senate and House of Reps. Take control of the laws of this land. Purge our land in Your Holy Spirit fire in Jesus name, Amen.

Susan CC
April 12, 2021

Father, I pray you would grant great favor over Ron Johnson, Tom Cotton, Bill Cassidy, Marsha Blackburn, and Joni Ernst. I pray all of our leaders would stand against drugs, You know the suffering they fuel in our families and in our nation. You know every person involved in this evil industry. I humbly ask that there would be no more delay Father. Would You bring this bill to the vote and have it move forward with unanimous consent? Would you identify the manufacturers and distributors and put a bull’s eye on them? Would you protect the little children being forced to live with addicted parents? Would you help these senators in this humble beginning by bringing this effort to a supernatural fruition? I pray it would please You to do this and so much more Father, for Your Glory and our good. I ask this in the Name of Jesus. Amen


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