One of U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s social media accounts recently posted that she is co-sponsoring a bill to reassign fentanyl as a Schedule 1 drug. I feel compelled to say that she unequivocally and absolutely has no idea what she is talking about.
I am a certified registered nurse anesthetist, and I provide anesthesia care to thousands of patients a year. One of the drugs I rely on most in the operating room is fentanyl. It is unmatched in its ability to treat perioperative pain. Moving forward with this asinine bill would have extraordinarily deleterious effects on literally every patient getting surgery.
Ernst needs to do some research, to actually ask people who administer this drug daily and patients who require this drug for surgical pain.