Some Missouri lawmakers are hoping to add a potent opioid to state drug trafficking laws.
The prescription drug fentanyl is not included right now – but supporters say the pills should carry the increased penalties in those statutes. Fentanyl has been making headlines in massive illegal drug seizures. Supporters of House Bill 239 add even tracking down those shipments can put lives at risk.
“Officers overdosing just with skin contact with that. We carry Narcan with all of our officers now and pretty widespread with police and there’s been cases where they’ve used it on police officers on overdoses of fentanyl,” says CJPD Chief Delmar Haase.
The bill is expected to go to a committee vote within the next week.