State Representative Andrew Farmer Successfully Guides Governor’s Fentanyl Bill Through House

State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville) has successfully guided House Bill 942 through the Tennessee House of Representatives.

The measure — which is part of the Governor’s legislative package this year — builds upon Tennessee’s efforts to address the opioid crisis by increasing penalties against fentanyl dealers and those who traffic any derivative or analogue of this deadly, synthetic drug.

“Our drug and opioid crisis continues to evolve, and we must be tough on those who are responsible for causing it,” said Chairman Farmer. “House Bill 942 adds a significant tool for our law enforcement communities and our justice system to use, and I am pleased this measure has passed in the House.”

Fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine; sufentanil and carfentanil are respectively 1,000 and 10,000 times more potent than morphine, making even small doses extremely deadly.     

“Chairman Farmer has always fought to hold drug offenders accountable for their actions,” said House Majority Leader William Lamberth (R-Portland). “This important measure cracks down on these deadly drugs and ensures more are kept off of our streets.”

“I appreciate Chairman Farmer’s willingness to guide this legislation through the House,” said Assistant Majority Leader Ron Gant (R-Rossville). “This initiative builds upon our recent efforts to crack down on our drug and opioid crisis, which will improve the safety and well-being of citizens in cities and towns across Tennessee.”

Source: State Representative Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville)