COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate has relaunched consideration of legislation that would increase penalties for the possession and sale of a powerful opioid that’s being added to heroin and leading to more overdose deaths in the state.
8 before the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, with hopes that the law changes will be enacted this session.
“I’ll be clear: I think most of us agree that those who are addicted need to be in treatment, but those who are trafficking this poison need to be in prison.
The drug is 30-50 times more potent than heroin.
Fentanyl helped push the results higher, accounting for 1,155 overdose deaths.
“… That’s a staggering, staggering fact.
Addicts caught with the drug also would be eligible for treatment as part of their sentencing.
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