LIVE: Scott to sign stiffer opioid legislation

LIVE: Scott to sign stiffer opioid legislation

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Gov. Rick Scott will be in West Palm Beach and Sarasota Tuesday to announce a desperately-needed fix for the opioid crisis.

Florida House Bill 477 helps by handing down stiffer penalties to drug dealers distributing illegal doses of fentanyl.

Fentanyl can be up to 100 times more powerful than morphine and extremely dangerous when mixed with heroin.

In May, Scott declared a state of emergency in the opioid crisis and directed additional resources to address it. In 2015, 3,900 people died in Florida from overdoses.

HB 477 goes into effect Oct. 1.

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