DeSantis Signs New Bill to Address Chaos Caused by Fentanyl

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has now reportedly taken decisive action to combat the opioid epidemic in the state. On Monday, he signed two bills that will have a significant impact on addressing this crisis.

The first bill increases penalties for those who expose police officers to fentanyl, a dangerous opioid. This sends a strong message that such actions will not be tolerated.

The second bill focuses on raising awareness about life-saving measures for individuals experiencing an opioid overdose.

By prioritizing education and prevention, Governor DeSantis is taking important steps towards saving lives and creating a safer Florida.

During a news conference at the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Professional Development Center in Sanford, Florida, Governor DeSantis, a Republican, signed Senate Bill 718 and Senate Bill 66.

“Because of the Biden administration’s unwillingness to secure the southern border, law enforcement officers are encountering fentanyl at alarming rates. I’m signing legislation today to keep officers safe on the job, and to further combat the opioid epidemic.” DeSantis remarked.

A proposed bill, Senate Bill 718, aims to address the issue of adults unlawfully possessing fentanyl and the potential harm it can cause to first responders.

If passed, this bill would elevate the offense to a second-degree felony for those who recklessly expose first responders to the substance, resulting in overdose or serious bodily injury.

The legislation further broadens the scope of protection provided by the law to individuals who, with genuine intentions, seek medical assistance under the belief that they or someone they are acquainted with is undergoing an overdose related to alcohol or drugs.

Senate Bill 66 is set to establish June 6 as Revive Awareness Day in the Sunshine State.

Every year, the Florida Department of Health is mandated to educate the public about the risks associated with opioid overdoses and the importance of having access to and using opioid counteractants to swiftly reverse the effects of such overdoses.

The law, referred to as Victoria’s Law, is named in honor of Victoria Siegel, an 18-year-old girl whose tragic death resulted from an accidental overdose of heroin and anti-depression medication in 2015.

She happened to be the daughter of Florida mogul David Siegel.

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