Committee Approves Fentanyl Legislation

A bill that would make it a felony to illegally sell or distribute any amount of fentanyl, carfentanil and related drugs tied to an increase in drug overdoses in Kentucky has passed the House Judiciary Committee.
 
Trafficking in any amount of fentanyl, which is a pain killer now frequently imported for illegal street sales, and drugs derived from fentanyl, as well as carfentanil, which is a large animal anesthetic, 10,000 times more potent than morphine, would carry up to 10 years in prison under the legislation, sponsored by Representative Kim Moser, of Taylor Mill. Under the bill, trafficking over certain amounts of the drugs could carry even longer sentences.
 
The bill would also make fentanyl derivatives, which potentially number 800 or more, part of the same class of drugs as heroin and LSD. Officials point out fentanyl, carfentanil and fentanyl derivatives are being mixed with heroin and sold on the street as heroin or other drugs. Some cities and counties have experienced dozens of overdoses in the span of a day or two because of the potency of the drugs which can be disguised as pharmaceuticals like Xanax or Percocet.
 
House Bill 333 now goes to the full House for consideration.
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Topics : Social Issues
Location : Kentucky
People : Kim Moser
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