In the growing war on drugs, Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti is joining a multistate effort urging president Joe Biden to classify fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction.
Tennessee is now among 18 states asking Biden to take action in response to record increases of overdose deaths.
If Biden were to classify fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction, Department of Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration would have to coordinate with other agencies, including the Department of Defense.
"Fentanyl has caused too many tragic deaths on an individual level and, as we have seen overseas, it can also be weaponized to cause mass casualties,” said General Skrmetti. “Our governments at every level must take a broad-spectrum approach to protecting American lives from the harms of fentanyl."
This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Tennessee joins states asking Biden to put fentanyl on weapons list