OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill (SB) 1078 Monday, the first piece of legislation recommended by the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse.

SB 1078 adds fentanyl, a powerful opioid, to the list of drugs eligible for a felony trafficking charge, along with marijuana, cocaine, heroin, oxycodone, and others. It takes effect Nov. 1.

“The use of fentanyl has been spreading across our country with devastating effects,” said Fallin. “This measure will help our law officers crack down on drug traffickers who intend to sell fentanyl to Oklahomans. I again applaud Attorney General Mike Hunter for creating this opioid abuse commission to come up with policy recommendations to help deal with combating opioid abuse in our state.”

Cracking down on opioids has been one of Hunter’s primary causes since he was appointed attorney general by Fallin in February 2017.

“In 2016, fentanyl accounted for more than 20,000 deaths in the United States, overtaking overdose deaths attributed to heroin, cocaine, meth and methadone,” Hunter said. “Criminalizing fentanyl provides our law enforcement partners with a vital tool to arrest and charge drug traffickers, who are looking to sell fentanyl and its equivalent to Oklahomans. Without this important legislation, a drug trafficker could have pounds of fentanyl in a vehicle during a traffic stop and law enforcement wouldn’t be able to take action.

“I thank the members of both the House and Senate for working together to pass this legislation. This is a significant step in the right direction as we work to curb the state’s opioid epidemic.”

Read SB 1078, here: https://bit.ly/2EjuMME.