Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is praising the passage of a bill that increases the penalties regarding the use and trafficking of the synthetic opioid, fentanyl.
HB 477 revises and creates trafficking offenses for the drug, implements new first degree felony offenses for possession of more than 10 grams of the drug or related substances, and holds distributors responsible for the death of fentanyl users which may be punishable as a murder charge.
The bill passed unanimously 118-0.
“Fentanyl is a deadly synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than morphine that is being cut with other drugs and sold as heroin.” said Bondi “Taking Fentanyl just one time can kill–and that is why I want to thank each member of the Florida House for voting to give prosecutors the tools to seek stronger sentences against traffickers selling Fentanyl and other deadly drugs in our state. We must continue to work together, and this legislation will help our continued efforts to combat this deadly crisis.”
Lawmakers on all levels continue to fight the opioid epidemic. Earlier this week the department of Health and Human Services allocated $27 million dollars to the state as part of the federal battle against the deadly substances. Local governments continues to commission Heroin and opioid task forces to advise on efforts in the municipalities.