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Rep. Bollin speaks out in support of bipartisan plan to combat fentanyl crisis
RELEASE|March 13, 2024
Contact: Ann Bollin

State Rep. Ann Bollin this week testified in support of her plan to help save lives by cracking down on fentanyl distribution in Michigan.

“The statistics clearly show that fentanyl is increasingly killing people in our communities,” said Bollin, R-Brighton Township. “We just cannot sit back and wait. Our plan addresses the issue head on by increasing the penalties for people who are manufacturing and distributing fentanyl.”

Fentanyl is attributed to more than 100,000 overdose deaths in a 12-month period and is increasingly responsible for the growing number of accidental overdoses. It was recently reported that more than 67% of drug overdoses involve fentanyl.

“Many of us know someone whose life has been completely shattered by these horrible drugs. There are also many individuals who have risen out of addiction and want to keep leading a drug-free life,” Bollin said. “Prescription drug addiction and fake prescription drugs are taking their toll on Michigan families. We must do whatever we can to stop this trend.  It’s time to increase the penalties for fentanyl distribution and put the awfully bad actors away.”

Bollin is sponsoring part of the bipartisan plan, House Bills 5124-26, which includes a reclassification that would allow stricter sentencing recommendations for criminals convicted of producing or distributing dangerous drugs like heroin and fentanyl.

A felony’s classification level factors into the sentencing decision after a criminal is convicted. The legislation would increase the felony class for crimes related to delivering or manufacturing heroin, fentanyl, or carfentanil. A higher classification would increase the likelihood of tougher prison sentences for illegal drug producers and dealers.

House Bills 5124-5126 remain under consideration by the House Criminal Justice Committee.


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