On behalf of FreedomWorks’ activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to vote NO on the Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues (SITSA) Act, H.R. 2851. This bill would attempt to address the very real synthetic opioid problem in the United States but does so in an extremely misguided way.
The bill overcriminalizes drug offenses by broadly expanding penalties for drug offenses and also concerningly concentrates unilateral power in the Department of Justice, with little congressional oversight. As has been evidenced by decades of “war on drugs” policies, it is clear that steep penalties do not deter drug use. People who use drugs continue to do so because they have become addicted to the chemicals in them. Introducing lengthy sentences for drug users and low-level dealers will not solve this addiction problem.
Additionally, the legislation would give concentrated power to the Department of