Pennsylvania Pushes For Tougher Fentanyl Sentencing

Berks Fentanyl

PA lawmakers work to stem the tide of fentanyl in the Keystone State

A recent vote by the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing could mean that dealers could spend about a year more in jail if they sell drugs containing fentanyl.

“Fentanyl is a huge problem in Pennsylvania, and frankly throughout the country,” said Berks County DA John Adams.

Adams testified before the commission in hopes to increase what’s called the offensive gravity score for this type of crime.

“This is meant to punish the drug dealers on our streets in our communities,” said Adams.

Berks County has seen a dramatic increase in fatal fentanyl-involved overdoses. Two years ago, 19 percent of all overdose deaths in Berks involved fentanyl. So far, in 2017, an astounding 69 percent.

“We found that the opioid that is the common denominator in deaths that are occurring is fentanyl,” said Adams.

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