Senator Chuck Schumer wants $290 million to fight deadly ‘rainbow fentanyl’

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday he wanted nearly $300 million in federal funding to fight “rainbow fentanyl” — highly addictive pills that look like candy that could wreak havoc on young people.

The $290 million in funding would be used to support 61 overdose response strategy teams that would help curb fentanyl, including the new “rainbow” species, the New York Democrat said at a news conference.

“That’s fentanyl, that’s a sweetart — you tell me the difference,” Schumer said while holding up pictures of both the deadly pills and the squishy candy. “Halloween is just around the corner… it’s really worrying and really dangerous.”

The Brooklyn native and longtime politician added, “Our drug dealers will stop at nothing and are now giving this evil drug the morbid nickname ‘rainbow.’ It’s disgusting, it’s disgusting.”

The colorful pills have been around for at least six months, according to Schumer, who noted that 107,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2021, of which 71,238 were due to fentanyl.

“We know one of these pills can kill. This is black and white, not rainbow,” he said. “You can ask cops, you can ask doctors, you can ask health professionals — everyone has this point of view that this is one of the biggest health threats today.”

The Drug Enforcement Agency said in August that so-called rainbow fentanyl
The Drug Enforcement Agency said in August that the so-called rainbow fentanyl “appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell… deadly fentanyl.”
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced a push to increase the budget by $290 million to fight rainbow fentanyl at a press conference at 875 Third Avenue in New York City.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced during a news conference Sunday that he would add $290 million to the budget to fight rainbow fentanyl.
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The colorful pills have been around for at least six months, according to Schumer, who noted that 107,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2021.
The colorful pills have been around for at least six months, according to Schumer, who noted that 107,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2021.
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The Drug Enforcement Agency said in August that so-called rainbow fentanyl “appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell … deadly fentanyl that looks like candy to children and teenagers.”

However, there is no evidence that the pills were designed specifically for children or that teens mistook the drugs for candy.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/25/sen-chuck-schumer-wants-290m-to-help-fight-deadly-rainbow-fentanyl/ Senator Chuck Schumer wants $290 million to fight deadly ‘rainbow fentanyl’

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