Second District Representative Jackie Walorski has introduced the Civil Justice for Victims of International Fentanyl Trafficking Act.
The legislation would allow fentanyl victims or their families to pursue civil action against a foreign state to seek accountability for those who have refused to deter drug traffickers and cartels.
The act would allow victims or their families, who were either injured or killed by fentanyl that was trafficked into and within the United States, to pursue civil action against a foreign state that has refused to take action against international drug traffickers and criminal organizations.
It would also allow any state attorney general to bring civil action on behalf of the residents of their state who have died or been injured by international fentanyl trafficking.
Fentanyl is said to be about 100 times more potent than morphine. Just 2 mg of fentanyl is considered a potentially lethal dose. In 2021, 71,238 American citizens died from fentanyl overdoses, which accounts for two-thirds of the overdose deaths in the United States last year.
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