According to a report by Texas Tribune, this Wednesday, the Texas Senate passed a legislation that would permit state criminal attorneys to prosecute fentanyl providers with murder.
The “Combating Fentanyl” legislation, Senate Legislation 645, was brought forward by GOP Sen. Joan Huffman.
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If the bill gets approved by the state legislature, it will give a free hand to criminal lawyers to charge individuals with murder who make, sell or provide fentanyl within the state of Texas.
The bill will also categorize fentanyl excessive doses as “poisonings” and raise the sentence for producing or providing fentanyl less than one gram from a state jail crime to a third-degree crime.
If any person dies due to fentanyl use, the sentence will be raised to a second-degree crime.
According to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, only two milligrams of opioids can be fatal.
The agency tweeted:
“#DEA lab testing reveals 6 out of 10 fentanyl-laced fake Rx pills analyzed in 2022 now contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. Just 2 mg of fentanyl, a small amount that fits on a pencil tip, is considered a potentially deadly dose.”
Huffman stated as he was proposing the legislation because:
“We have tragically learned the extent of how dangerous fentanyl is and how even under 1 gram is so dangerous.”
“It’s a fact that fentanyl is flooding our borders. It is absolutely without a doubt killing our citizens on a daily basis. And it’s time that we take a comprehensive approach to combat this.”