Several law enforcement groups are backing legislation introduced by a group of Republican senators that would increase penalties for individuals who traffic and distribute the synthetic opioid fentanyl.
A group of five Republican lawmakers announced new legislation Thursday to increase the charges faced by individuals who traffic in fentanyl, the synthetic opioid responsible for nearly 20,000 deaths in 2016.
Sens. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) introduced a bill Friday to increase penalties for selling the fully synthetic opioid fentanyl.