Posted on May 17, 2019 by admin
Supports Additional Legislation Giving Immunity to Good Samaritans who Provide Accessibility to AEDs and NARCAN
HARTFORD – State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck) voted in favor of H.B. 5524, An Act Increasing the Penalties for the Sale of Fentanyl, a proposal initially introduced by Republicans. The bill subsequently became a Judiciary Committee bill where Rep. Rebimbas serves as Ranking Member. Following a joint favorable report from the committee, the proposal was called on the House floor and passed unanimously on May 14th.
“To effectively stop the opioid epidemic in this state we must attack the problem at its source – the people who supply this drug to the public,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “Individuals who seek to profit from the suffering of others must answer for their inexcusable actions. I thank all my colleagues for supporting this bill and look forward to seeing it become law.”
This legislation classifies fentanyl as a narcotic substance. The penalties for manufacturing and selling narcotics, except as authorized by law, typically involve mandatory prison time along with substantial fines. This bill broadens the definition of a “narcotic substance” to include fentanyl and its derivatives.
Rep. Rebimbas also voted for H.B. 7190, An Act Extending Good Samaritan Protections for Persons or Entities that Include an Opioid Antagonist within a Cabinet Containing an Automatic External Defibrillator. The bill passed with broad bipartisan support on May 16th and provides immunity from ordinary negligence to individuals or entities that provide automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in the same cabinet as NARCAN or another opioid antagonist.
Added Rep. Rebimbas, “Fighting the opioid crisis is three-fold. We must support our emergency personnel and Good Samaritans who respond to overdoses using the resources at their disposal, we must ensure those suffering from addiction have access to treatment and rehabilitation centers, and we need to reduce the supply of fentanyl. This week, we passed bills addressing two of these, which will build upon years of legislation passed by the General Assembly targeting this severe public health crisis. Our work is not done, but we made great progress this session and I am proud of everyone who played a role.”
H.B. 5524 and H.B. 7190 will be place on the Senate calendar.