June 8, 2023
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined 22 other Attorneys General in asking the U.S. Senate leadership to pass the HALT Fentanyl Act.
The legislation would permanently schedule fentanyl analogues as a Schedule I drug, which is defined as a drug with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
That designation would allow for the criminal prosecution of anyone caught possessing, distributing, or manufacturing fentanyl.
Jackley says so far this year, there have been 81 arrests made for fentanyl in South Dakota and that number continues to climb.
The bill has already passed the U.S. House.