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Ky. fentanyl bill heads to house for consideration

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Published: Feb. 16, 2017 at 10:47 AM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A bill that would make it a felony to illegally sell or distribute any amount of fentanyl, carfentanil and related drugs tied to an increase in drug overdoses in Kentucky has passed the House Judiciary Committee.

Trafficking in any amount of those drugs would carry up to 10 years in prison under House Bill 333 and trafficking over certain amounts of the drugs could carry even longer sentences.

The bill would also make fentanyl derivatives part of the same class of drugs as heroin and LSD.

According to a release, fentanyl, carfentanil and fentanyl derivatives are being mixed with heroin and sold on the street as heroin or other drugs.

House bill 333 would also create a felony offense called trafficking in a misrepresented controlled substance for those who pass off carfentanil, fentanyl or fentanyl derivatives as an actual pharmaceutical, like Xanax.

The bill now goes to the Kentucky house for consideration.