2023 Brodeur Bulletin: Ending The Opioid Crisis

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Drug overdose deaths have reached epidemic proportions in Florida, and it is important that we take swift action to combat this crisis. As a member of the Florida Senate, I am proud to have introduced a bill that would increase penalties for drug dealers who contribute to deadly overdoses. This bill is designed to hold drug dealers accountable for the harm they cause and to send a strong message that drug trafficking will not be tolerated in our state.

Under my proposed legislation, drug dealers who sell drugs that contribute to a fatal overdose could face up to 30 years in prison, with a minimum mandatory sentence of 3 years. The bill also expands the definition of drug trafficking to include the sale of drugs that result in death, making it easier to prosecute those who are responsible for these tragedies. By increasing penalties for these crimes, we can send a clear message that drug dealers who profit from the suffering of others will be held accountable for their actions.

I’ve always said one of my main priorities as a State Senator is to protect the most vulnerable among us. My bill to increase penalties for drug dealers who contribute to deadly overdoses is just one part of a comprehensive approach to combatting the opioid epidemic and keeping these deadly drugs away from families and households. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this important legislation and to continuing to find new and innovative ways to fight this crisis.

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