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Sherrod Joins Ohio Law Enforcement and Mental Health Professionals to Highlight Passage of Bipartisan FEND Off Fentanyl Act

COLUMBUS, OH – As Ohio law enforcement “praise” Sherrod for his “work across the aisle” to pass the FEND Off Fentanyl Act, Sherrod joined Hamilton County and Cuyahoga County law enforcement and mental health professionals to discuss  Sherrod’s “game chang[ing]” legislation that gives them more tools to protect Ohioans from dangerous fentanyl. 

Sherrod worked with Republicans during the “year-long” fight to pass this legislation to crack down on chemical suppliers and drug traffickers in Mexico – a “bright contrast” to Bernie Moreno, who said he “reject[s]” bipartisanship and opposed the FEND Off Fentanyl Act. Sherrod’s legislation was endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police and law enforcement officers across Ohio. 

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WKYC: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, Northeast Ohio law enforcement discuss FEND Off Fentanyl Act

Anna Meyer – May 10, 2024

  • U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was in Cleveland on Friday morning to discuss his new law to crack down on fentanyl traffickers. 
  • Last month, the FEND Off Fentanyl Act passed the House and the Senate as part of the bipartisan national security package and was signed into law.
  • The newly-passed FEND Off Fentanyl Act seeks to cut off the flow of fentanyl by sanctioning chemical suppliers and drug cartels that traffic the drug. In addition, the law will funnel money to law enforcement in order to help them fight the drugs as well. 
  • “Local law enforcement, first responders, and prosecutors encounter fentanyl far too often. We worked with them and with national law enforcement to write this bill to help stop fentanyl at the source, before it ever reaches our communities. We built a broad, bipartisan coalition to get this vital legislation passed, and after a year of work, we got it done. This will allow us to target the fentanyl supply chain, from the chemical suppliers in China to the cartels that traffic the drug from Mexico,” said Brown.
  • Officials note that the prevalence of dangerous forms of fentanyl, which are often found mixed with other substances, “is a serious public health threat in Ohio.” Brown’s office reports that fentanyl was involved in 80% of unintentional drug overdose deaths in 2022.

Cincinnati Enquirer: Fentanyl pill seizures dropped in Hamilton County. Why officials are still concerned

Elizabeth B. Kim and Terry DeMio – May 13, 2024

  • Congress passed a new law in response to the increase in fentanyl pill seizures, according to Ohio’s U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, who introduced the bill along with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, of South Carolina.
  • Brown visited Talbert House, a Cincinnati-based mental health and addiction facility, on Monday to discuss the FEND Off Fentanyl Act.
    • “This bill is a response to that rise,” said Brown about FEND Off Fentanyl, which according to him took a little over a year to be written and get to President Joe Biden’s desk. “That’s why Congress moved relatively quickly.”
  • The law will authorize the U.S. Treasury Department to block the financial assets of criminal organizations responsible for trafficking fentanyl and other illicit opioids.
  • “What I can do as a federal official is work to keep this stuff from even being made, take the profit out of it for these cartels that have profited from people’s tragedies,” said Brown.

WCPO: Sherrod and Local Mental Health Professionals Discuss His Bipartisan FEND Off Fentanyl Act

WCPO: “Senator Sherrod Brown says conversations he had here, at Talbert House, inspired legislation recently [signed into law]. It’s called the FEND Off Fentanyl Act and it aims to address the fentanyl crisis by targeting those making and trafficking those drugs.” 

Kamaria Tyehimba, Talbert House Addiction Services: “We’re in the business of saving lives. You know, one life at a time, right. So this legislation is important because we really want to decrease the amount of fentanyl that’s getting into our community.”

Sherrod: “If there’s not profit in this or if you can squeeze them – federal agents putting the heat on them and squeezing their profits, there’ll be a lot less of this stuff coming in.”

WBNS: Sherrod Discusses Targeting Fentanyl Supply Chain with Ohio Law Enforcement Officers 

WBNS: “Senator Sherrod Brown making a push to crack down on fentanyl. He met with local law enforcement in Northeast Ohio today, touching on how the legislation targets the fentanyl supply chain from chemical suppliers in China to cartels that bring the drugs in from Mexico.”

Sherrod: “We go after the billions of dollars that those traffickers make in illicit profits… We target them where it hurts the most: their bank accounts.”