Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Fentanyl measure passes in 93-0 vote

- — John Moritz

The House voted Monday to add small quantities of fentanyl to the classifica­tion of drugs that include methamphet­amine and cocaine, which are subject to the highest criminal penalties.

Rep. Jimmy Gazaway, R-Paragould, noted the potency of fentanyl and its ability to cause overdose deaths even in small quantities in calling for it to be included in the highest drug classifica­tion. His legislatio­n, House Bill 1878, passed 93-0.

The bill would make the manufactur­ing or traffickin­g of more than a single gram of fentanyl a class Y felony, punishable by 10-40 years or life in prison.

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