Republican Legislators Back Bill To Make Fentanyl Distributors On The Hook For Drug Deaths

With fentanyl overdoses skyrocketing with Democrats soft on drug legislature, Republican lawmakers are trying to combat the drug crisis with a new bill to prosecute distributors with felonies.

Many in the GOP hope to pass the bill allowing those who distributed fentanyl that resulted in someone’s death to receive felony murder charges.

Fentanyl is a highly potent synthetic opioid that is much stronger than morphine. “It is a prescription drug that is also made and used illegally,” the National Institute of Drug Abuse states.

In a press release, Sen. Marco Rubio (FL-R) gave more details about the bill.

“Fentanyl is killing Americans at a record high. This deadly drug is widespread throughout our country and has left no community untouched. This bill would make drug dealers pay the price for selling deadly fentanyl,” Rubio said.

A total of 13 other GOP senators are currently supporting the proposal. The list of senators includes Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, Rick Scott of Florida, Roger Wicker of Mississippi, John Cornyn of Texas, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Mike Braun of Indiana, Ted Cruz of Texas, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Steve Daines Montana, and Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi.

Thanks to Rep. Tony Gonzales of Texas, a companion bill is being brought to the House.

A conviction for felony murder can include a life sentence and, in some cases, the death penalty.

“Felony murder is equivalent to first-degree, premeditated murder and requires a minimum of life and is also eligible for capital punishment if convicted,” Sen. Cassidy’s press release states.

Part of the bill reads, “Whoever is guilty of murder in the first degree by distributing fentanyl shall be punished by death or by imprisonment for life.”

“Criminals poisoning Americans with fentanyl should be treated the same as someone pulling the trigger of a gun,” Cassidy said. “If drug dealers and cartels push this deadly substance, they will face justice.”

With drug use and deaths skyrocketing, particularly fentanyl, the crisis will only worsen if Republicans cannot pass their legislation.