Fentanyl-related drugs permanently made criminal under bill passed by U.S. House

HALT Fentanyl Act would categorize lab-made substances with similar chemical structures to fentanyl among the most strictly regulated drugs under U.S. law

By: - May 25, 2023 5:23 pm
Deb and Ray Cullen, along with GOP Rep. John Joyce

Deb and Ray Cullen, of Shippensburg, Pa., center and right, show a photo of their son, Zachary, in the office of their congressman, GOP Rep. John Joyce, left. Zachary died nine months ago at 23 of fentanyl poisoning involving cocaine laced with illicit fentanyl. The Cullens traveled on May 25, 2023, to the U.S. Capitol to watch the House vote on the HALT Fentanyl Act. (Ashley Murray/States Newsroom)

Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site. Please see our republishing guidelines for use of photos and graphics.

Ashley Murray
Ashley Murray

Ashley Murray covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include domestic policy and appropriations.