Senate passes Crowley bill that classifies fentanyl and synthetic opioids
STATE HOUSE – The Rhode Island Senate passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket) tonight that relates to the classification of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids within the list of uniformed controlled substances.
“The fentanyl epidemic is getting more serious by the day and too many people are dying due to fentanyl infecting Rhode Island’s illicit drug supply. This troubling phenomenon is fairly new and that is why we must amend the Uniform Controlled Substances Act to include fentanyl and other synthetic opioids as the dangerous and deadly substances that they are,” said Senator Crowley.
The bill (2017-S 0812) passed would include fentanyl analogs and synthetic opioids into Schedule I and Schedule II of the list of uniform controlled substances. Cosponsors of the legislation are Senator Sosnowski and Senator Quezada.
The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903