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Baker approves bill to criminalize Fentanyl trafficking

Synthetic painkiller described as 50 times more potent than heroin

Tiffany Chan, 22News State House Correspondent - BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts is stiffening the penalty for people caught selling the drug Fentanyl.

The synthetic painkiller is very powerful and highly addictive. Many drug dealers are lacing Fentanyl with heroin, creating a deadly concoction.

Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill into law Tuesday to make the sale of Fentanyl a crime. Anyone convicted of trafficking more than 10 grams of Fentanyl would be punished by up to 20 years in state prison.

Top state leaders are cracking down on drug trafficking, because of the ongoing heroin and prescription drug crisis. Attorney General Maura Healey said in a summer news conference that Fentanyl is especially dangerous, because it's 50 times more potent than heroin.

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst) told 22News that this new law will hopefully lead to a more comprehensive anti-drug addition bill.

"The Senate approved a bill October 1, it's pending in the house. We're hoping that given the urgency of the situation, we're hoping we can see quick action in the new year," Rosenberg said.

The House of Representatives is also considering a proposal from Governor Baker about how to combat drug addiction.


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