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Senate Bill 4221 increases sanctions for selling fentanyl laced drugs

Fentanyl citrate in various forms prescribed by doctors
Joaquin Corbalan
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zState Senator Terri Bryant is co-sponsoring a bill to fight the fentanyl epidemic in Illinois.

Senate Bill 4221 amends the Illinois Controlled Substances Act to make illegally selling scheduled drugs like Adderall or Vicodin laced with fentanyl a class X felony that comes with a nine to forty year prison sentence.

It also makes using an electronic device to sell illegal drugs through social media and other apps a Class 1 felony and a fine of up to $100,000.

But Republican Senator Bryant says the bill is not getting much support from Democrats.

“My colleagues on the other side of the aisle had a press conference right after this bill was filed just a couple of weeks ago and said that they have no intentions of calling this bill because they see it as a penalty enhancement. I don't know how anyone could call this a penalty enhancement. This isn't going after the people who are addicted to drugs, it's going after the drug dealers themselves.”

The bill was introduced by Senators Sally Turner and Sue Rezin during the fall veto session.

Benjy Jeffords is a digital media production specialist at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org
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