Florida to penalize those who expose law enforcement officers to fentanyl

(The Center Square) — Penalties for those who expose law enforcement officers to fentanyl are set to increase in the Sunshine State after new legislation was signed Monday.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Senate bills 718 and 66. The first creates a second-degree felony for any adult individual who recklessly exposes first responders to fentanyl that results in an overdose or serious bodily harm.

SB 718 also expands protections for individuals against prosecution if they seek help for themselves or someone else if they believe an overdose is happening. SB 66 designates June 6th as Revive Awareness Day, while directing the Florida Department of Health to raise awareness of the dangers of exposure to opioids.

DeSantis said during a news conference in Sanford on Monday that there is a huge amount of fentanyl pouring over the southern border from Mexico. He also added that this has had
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