Senate Passes Harsher Sentences For Drug Dealers

(Providence, RI)  --  The Rhode Island Senate is passing a bill which allows for a sentence of up to life in prison to be the penalty for dealing drugs that result in a fatal overdose.  "Kristen's Law" was filed at the request of Attorney General Peter Kilmartin in honor of Kristen Coutu, who died from a fentanyl overdose in 2014.  Opponents, including 15 organizations that signed on to a letter sent to lawmakers last week, believe the bill will actually make it more difficult to fight the opioid crisis.  Following a 22-to-11 Senate vote, the bill now moves on to the House.


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