Sen. Miner, Senate Republicans Introduce Plan to Combat Fentanyl Crisis in CT

January 27, 2022

Proposal includes increasing penalties for fentanyl sales, supporting schools with access to naloxone, and efforts to raise awareness.

Today, Chief Deputy Senate Republican Leader Craig Miner (R-Litchfield) joined Senate Republican colleagues to introduce several legislative proposals to address the fentanyl crisis in Connecticut. This package includes increased penalties for fentanyl sales, establishing guidance for school districts that decide to keep naloxone in their schools, providing naloxone to schools and raising awareness about the dangers of fentanyl.


Senator Miner and his colleagues referenced the growing rate of deaths associated with fentanyl and the shocking death of a child who ingested fentanyl while in school.


“Recent headlines have shocked our state and our nation. The sheer number of lives lost demand strong action. Fentanyl is a deadly poison and it must be treated as such. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, 2 milligrams of fentanyl, the size of a few grains of salt, can be a lethal dose,” he said.


“Someone could take a pill without knowing it contains fentanyl. Or someone could knowingly take fentanyl, but there’s no way of knowing if it contains a lethal dose. The results are deadly. We need more awareness and we need stronger penalties to send a clear and powerful message that this is poison.”


Watch Senator Miner’s remarks:


Watch today’s press conference



Read the plan.