U.S. Intervention at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs - Fentanyl Precursors Vote Outcome

Kara McDonald Office Director, Office of Policy, Planning and Coordination, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
Vienna, Austria
March 16, 2017

Thank you Madam Chair.

I want to express the gratitude of my government for this show of solidarity and support in voting to internationally control precursor chemicals to fentanyl. Let there be no mistake – this vote today will save lives. This is a profound example of how international action can positively impact the lives of our citizens.

Adding these precursor chemicals to the 1988 Convention will make it more difficult for traffickers to access them for illicit purposes, because they will now be subject to increased regulation by UN Member States.

The United States believes this action, as it takes effect, is an important tool in controlling the flow of fentanyl.

We note that the time between my government making this request to the UN Secretary General, to today’s historic vote, was an unprecedented four months. My government congratulates the INCB for this record and looks forward to this serving as a precedent as we tackle the NPS crisis.

My delegation thanks the INCB, the UNODC Secretariat, and the member states for your support on this issue, and looks forward to our continued collaboration.