House Minority Leader Themis Klarides of Derby said Wednesday’s “it’s a shame” similar bills in past years have cleared the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, only to die later on in the legislative process, often due to inaction in the Senate.
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Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency says is 80-to-100 times stronger than morphine.
Connecticut’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports that 760 people in the state died from fentanyl overdoses last year. That’s a 12 percent increase from 2017 and four times higher than in 2015.
The bill amends the definition of “narcotic substance” to include fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives.