|Posted:||December 3, 2018 10:27 AM|
|From:||Senator Mike Regan|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Fentanyl Trafficking Sentencing and Penalties|
|This past fall, the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s Philadelphia Field Division and the University of Pittsburgh released a report entitled “The Opioid Threat in Pennsylvania”.
The report’s Key Findings include:
Overall, the report and the continued headlines since then, reaffirm what many of us know – while we continue to talk about the heroin crisis or the opioid crisis it has quickly become a fentanyl crisis that needs serious attention.
Fentanyl is an inexpensive-to-produce synthetic opioid that is proving more and more deadly as users of drugs such as heroin are oblivious to the fact that fentanyl is being mixed with their drug of choice. And the drug dealers selling the fentanyl must be held accountable. For that reason, I will be re-introducing Senate Bill 1222 to target dealers of fentanyl by establishing increased sentencing guidelines and penalties specifically related to the trafficking of fentanyl.
My goal with this legislation is to give our prosecutors another tool for combating the impact fentanyl traffickers are having on our communities.
Co-sponsors of SB 1222 were: BREWSTER, BROWNE, COSTA, DiSANTO, FOLMER, HUTCHINSON, LANGERHOLC, MARTIN, MENSCH, RAFFERTY, RESCHENTHALER, STEFANO, VULAKOVICH, WHITE, and YUDICHAK.
Introduced as SB8