New Florida Laws Could Help Prevent Painkiller Deaths
Years ago Florida did a crack-down on pill mills. The overdose/deaths stats went down immediately, but they’ve been creeping up and have now again reached epidemic proportions. To help put the problems behind them, Florida politicians are proposing new laws that crack down on the worst of the problems – heroin, fentanyl and carfentanyl. Are the laws going to work?
Here are the new proposed laws:
- Marco Rubio, in the U.S. senate, has introduced the STOP Act. It is designed to close ‘loopholes’ that are somehow allowing fentanyl, carfentanil and other synthetic drugs to be imported into the country. In case you don’t know about fentanyl, it’s about 100 times stronger than heroin. Carfentanil is used to drug elephants – it’s about 5,000 to 10,000 times stronger than morphine, which is .
- In Florida, two proposed bills would stiffen penalties for drug dealers caught selling fentanyl, carfentanil and other opioids.
- Another Senate bill, sponsored by Senator Greg Steube, a republican in Sarasota, makes manufacturing, selling or buying more than 4 grams of fentanyl.
- House Bill 477, sponsored by Jim Boyd, a republican from Bradenton, would make it easier for law enforcement to go after drug dealers. ALSO, another big pont, anyone who sells a drug that contains heroin or fentanyl and results in death will be up for manslaughter charges. That’s great.
- And Larry Lee, democrat from Port St. Lucie’s bill H.B. 61, would make hospitals screen overdose patients to see if they needed any other services, PLUS, the hospital wouldn’t be able to release an overdose patient into drug treatment until they are stable.
The person who wrote the editorial – I read it in Naples News but I’m pretty sure it appears in other papers as well – that contained this information didn’t feel these laws would do a lot of good and, in fact, he seemed overall kind of defeated about ever handling Florida’s drug problems.
I can certainly understand that. It seems insurmountable. And, in this society, there are probably always going to be drug addicts.
But there are things that can vastly improve the situation. I personally think these laws can do a lot towards that. And, along with addicts going to rehab and people getting addicts to rehab, we might just makes some significant changes.
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