Republicans Pass Legislation To Curb Fentanyl In Tennessee

House Republicans also passed multiple pieces of legislation this year to fight back against Tennessee’s opioid and drug epidemic.

House Bill 942, changes the penalties to a Class B felony for 15 grams or more or a Class A felony for 150 grams or more of fentanyl. Additionally, House Bill 705 adds the sale or distribution of a substance containing fentanyl, carfentanil, or any opiate with the intent and premeditation to commit murder as an aggravating factor to be considered when the sentencing court is considering the death penalty.

While there is much more work to be done, Republican leaders are committed to curbing the opioid epidemic that is plaguing our state. These measures are a step in the right direction, and the General Assembly will continue to find new solutions that finally end the cycle of addiction in cities and towns across this state.