Tough New Penalties for People Caught With Synthetic Opioids

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Two senators on the Judiciary Committee are preparing a bill that would create tough new penalties for people caught with synthetic opioids, NPR reports.

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, who have supported reducing some drug sentences, are preparing the new bill. Grassley is the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Feinstein is the committee’s ranking member.

The bill would give the attorney general more power to ban many types of synthetic drugs, and would impose a 10-year maximum sentence on people caught selling these drugs as a first offense. If they are caught a second time, the maximum sentence would double.

Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he is directing federal prosecutors to pursue the most severe penalties possible for drug crimes.

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