Orange Co. lawmakers pass resolution to strengthen fight against opioids

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The Orange County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution Thursday that calls on the state to expand the list of substances classified as illegal.

Fentanyl "analogues" are drugs designed to mimic the effects of fentanyl. They are currently not classified as controlled substances by the state, which can allow some drug dealers to avoid prosecution.

Officials say by making these substances illegal, they can hopefully take more opioids off the street. They say the opioid epidemic claimed the lives of 102 people this year in the county.

"We need to get to the dealers, the ones that are providing this death drug to our people and do something about that," says Orange County Legislator John Vero.

The resolution is being sent to the state Assembly, Senate and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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