Attorney General Ashley Moody, former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon, former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Jim Carroll, Families Against Fentanyl Founder James Rauh and law enforcement leaders from across the state today held a security briefing to discuss the growing threat posed by fentanyl. With record quantities of the substance in circulation nationwide, the constant flow of the drug across the southwest border, the low cost of production and its sheer lethality, fentanyl poses a major threat to the public. Fentanyl is already the leading cause of death for Americans ages 18 to 45. There is also growing concern that fentanyl could be weaponized. In July, Attorney General Moody called for the synthetic opioid to be classified as a weapon of mass destruction.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “For years, we have sounded the alarm about fentanyl overdoses claiming a record number of American lives, but there is growing concern that this synthetic opioid could also be weaponized due to its lethality and the massive amount being brought into the country across the southwest border. Today, I held a briefing with Florida law enforcement leaders, former federal officials and Families Against Fentanyl to strategize about how Floridians can help us stop the astronomical death toll caused by this deadly synthetic substance.”

Former DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon said, “Our country is in the midst of a national crisis: record-high drug-related deaths, driven by illicit fentanyl. It’s clear that the status quo isn’t working, and unprecedented action is necessary to turn this deadly tide. Declaring illicit fentanyl a weapon of mass destruction is exactly the kind of bold action that can stem the flow of illicit fentanyl into the United States. Attorney General Moody should be commended for calling upon the Biden Administration to implement this important policy.”