New Hampshire’s Sen. Maggie Hassan has made preventing the circulation of counterfeit prescribed drugs into the U.S. a precedence. “In my state and all throughout the nation, we’re seeing an increase in counterfeit tablets which can be laced with illicit medication, and they’re virtually indistinguishable from legit medicine,” Hassan mentioned throughout a Senate listening to earlier this 12 months.
However public well being advocates and polls present her stance on borders and drug importation could also be undermining her efforts.
Hassan and fellow Granite State Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen have been pushing a Sen. Bernie Sanders plan to import medication from Canada, exterior the attain of U.S. inspections. Sanders calls it the “Inexpensive and Protected Prescription Drug Importation Act.” Nonetheless, critics say loosening the foundations on medication from exterior America’s borders is a mistake at a time when faux medication, usually made in China, are already pouring into the nation.
On Could 23, two ladies pulled over for dashing on Interstate 10 in Arizona have been arrested when cops found about 500,000 fentanyl tablets.
Simply days earlier, Dr. Rahul Gupta of the White Home Workplace of Nationwide Drug Management Coverage admitted throughout a roundtable with New Hampshire lawmakers that, whilst a doctor, he can’t inform the distinction between actual and faux Xanax and oxycontin tablets.
“This isn’t secure any longer to even attempt to devour any tablets that you simply discover on the road, on-line or different methods, since you’re mainly taking part in Russian roulette along with your life once you’re taking these counterfeit tablets,” Gupta mentioned.
Nationwide, the CDC reviews a document 107,622 drug overdose deaths in 2021, up 14.9 % from the 12 months earlier than.
So why, critics ask, would Congress need to play “Russian roulette” with imported medication?
A brand new ballot finds Granite Staters are definitely doubtful in regards to the coverage.
Requested if the New Hampshire congressional delegation ought to assist federal laws permitting drug importation from nations that don’t have the identical public well being oversight and inspections for unlawful and counterfeit medication as the USA, 68 % of respondents mentioned no, whereas 32 % mentioned sure.
One other ballot query requested if Granite Staters have been involved that legalizing drug importation would worsen the rising downside of counterfeit medication, 78 % mentioned they have been very or considerably involved.
And requested, “If you happen to knew that Canada inspects only a few drug manufacturing services (not like the USA), how involved would you be in regards to the security of medicine manufactured in Canada?” the response was 73 % very or considerably involved and simply 24 % not involved.
One lesson many Individuals have taken away from the COVID-19 disaster is the necessity to carry the manufacturing of significant merchandise — microchips, army tech, and prescribed drugs amongst them — again to the USA.
“Numerous American sufferers have discovered the exhausting approach that ‘Canadian’ on-line pharmacies are sometimes not Canadian,” reviews Terry Wilcox of the affected person advocacy group Sufferers Rising. “Lately, hundreds of sufferers throughout the nation have been uncovered to counterfeit medication. Some have suffered severe harm and a few have died consequently.”
The message could also be getting by way of. Within the session of Congress that led to 2020, Sanders’ laws had 24 co-sponsors, together with Hassan and Shaheen. The present model within the Senate has simply 21. Who’s lacking?