Senator Melendez Introduces SB 350 in Response to Surges in Fentanyl Related Deaths

California State Senator Melissa Melendez (R- Lake Elsinore) introduced Senate Bill (SB) 350 today, to combat drug related deaths and honor a constituent's daughter, Alexandra Capelouto, a 20-year-old college student who died of drug poisoning while visiting home for the holidays.

“As a mother of five children, I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child to drug poisoning, said Melendez. “This pandemic has led to a devastating rise in fentanyl-induced deaths across California.”

Senate Bill (SB) 350 addresses implied malice for drug fatalities by addressing them in a similar fashion to implied malice for driving under the influence crimes.  Similarly, this bill requires the court to issue an advisory to individuals convicted of selling or distributing controlled substances under California Health and Safety Code Sections 11351, 11352 or 11379.6. This proposed advisory will provide a person convicted of these crimes with a warning that their actions could result in another person's death and lead to a homicide charge.

“It’s past time to hold drug dealers accountable before more parents are forced to bury their children,” said Melendez. “Law enforcement needs the tools to go after drug dealers who prey on kids. Alexandra’s law provides a valuable first step in getting this fentanyl epidemic under control and most importantly – saving lives.”