Background

The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued an order adding to schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act all fentanyl-related substances that are not currently listed in any CSA schedule, including those that have not yet been introduced into the U.S. market, along with their isomers, esters, ethers, salts, and salts of isomers, esters, and ethers.

This order imposes the regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions applicable to schedule I controlled substances on persons who import, export, manufacture, distribute, reverse distribute, or possess all currently unlisted fentanyl-related substances as well as persons who engage in research, instructional activities, or chemical analysis with respect to these substances. The order is effective as of Feb. 6 and will remain in effect until Feb. 6, 2020, with a possible extension of one year.

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