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Opioid abuse is an issue that has reached the highest levels of state and federal government.

In January, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter released 31 recommendations to combat the opioid epidemic, including enacting legislation to criminalize the trafficking of fentanyl.

On Monday Governor Mary Fallin signed that bill.

Senate Bill (SB) 1078 is the first piece of legislation recommended by the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse.

The bill adds fentanyl, a powerful opioid, to the list of drugs eligible for a felony trafficking charge, along with marijuana, cocaine, heroin and oxycodone.

“This measure will help our law officers crack down on drug traffickers who intend to sell fentanyl to Oklahomans.

The bill takes effect Nov. 1.

Source: https://www.krmg.com/news/local/governor-signs-bill-fight-opioid-abuse/1dn6I8neEjrhXIFFXxdf9O/