16 Dec 2016
Imports of Synthetic Opioid Restricted
The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a final order that temporarily schedules the synthetic opioid furanyl fentanyl and its isomers, esters, ethers, salts and salts of isomers, esters and ethers into schedule I pursuant to the temporary scheduling provisions of the Controlled Substances Act. As a result, this substance is subject to the regulatory controls and administrative, civil and criminal sanctions applicable to the manufacture, distribution, reverse distribution, importation, exportation, research, conduct of instructional activities and chemical analysis, engaging in research and possession of schedule I controlled substances. This order is effective 29 November and will be in effect for two years, with a possible extension of one year, pending completion of the permanent scheduling process.
According to the DEA, available data and information indicate that furanyl fentanyl has a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States and a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.