Stiffer Penalties For Fentanyl Crimes Unanimously Backed By State Senate Committee
As the number of overdoses rises, SB 1323 could add up to 25 years to a sentence for those selling or transporting fentanyl. In other drug epidemic news, lawmakers consider supervised facilities for heroin users.
The Sacramento Bee:
California Senate Panel Backs Stiffer Sentencing For Fentanyl
With Sacramento’s fentanyl-related overdoses at center stage, a state Senate committee unanimously approved the first step in stiffening penalties for major drug traffickers in California who sell large amounts of the potentially lethal painkiller. (Buck, 4/5)
The Associated Press:
California Lawmaker Wants To Allow Supervised Heroin Use
A lawmaker wants to allow California addicts to use heroin, crack and other drugs at supervised facilities to cut down on overdoses, joining several U.S. cities considering establishing the nation's first legal drug-injection sites. The proposal introduced Tuesday comes as San Francisco, Seattle, New York City and Ithaca, New York, weigh ordinances to set up the facilities, citing the success of a site operating in Canada since 2003. (Noon, 4/5)