Today, California Senate Republicans, led by Senator Melissa Melendez (Lake Elsinore), put forward an amendment to Assembly Bill 2195 to include “Alexandra’s Law,” which would notify convicted drug dealers that should they be convicted again and kill someone, prosecutors may charge them with manslaughter or murder. The effort was rejected by Senate Democrats.
“These drug dealers are poisoning our children,” Senator Melendez said, while pleading to the Senate to support this motion. “We have people who are dying from fentanyl poisoning never to see their families again. I have tried to get this passed three separate times with no success and I don’t know how much longer we have to wait until we actually do something about this.”
Fentanyl is an immensely powerful synthetic opioid, which according to the California Department of Public Health, is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, criminal drug networks are mass-producing fake pills and falsely marketing them as legitimate prescription pills to deceive the American public.
Consumers concerned about possible “fake: pills can visit: One Pill Can Kill (dea.gov).