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LaRose sponsors bill to increase penalties for illegal Fentanyl sales

Bt Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief Published: February 9, 2017 1:02 PM

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.

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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.

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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.

Con­tact him at mko­vac@record­pub.

com or on Twit­ter at OhioCap­i­talBlog.

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