Rep. Petit Supports Measure to Increase Penalties for Fentanyl

Posted on May 16, 2019 by jpheasant


HARTFORD – State Representatives William A. Petit Jr. (R-22) co-sponsored a bill that when implemented, would create tougher penalties for those who manufacture, distribute or sell fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.

“Fentanyl is now the leading cause of overdose death in Connecticut and the penalties for its sale and possession should reflect this fact,” Rep. Petit said. “It is 50 to 100 times as potent as morphine and far more potent than heroin.”

This update to state statutes would remove fentanyl from the synthetic drug category, a drug created using man-made chemicals rather than natural ingredients, and instead place it into the same classification as heroin. Under current Connecticut state law, fentanyl carries a lesser criminal penalty than heroin.

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), fentanyl can be lethal in one millionth of a gram, which is the equivalent to a few granules of table salt. In 2018, more than 716 deaths in Connecticut were reported as a result of fentanyl.

HB-5524 will now awaits action in the Senate.