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Gov. Rick Scott traveled to West Palm Beach Tuesday afternoon for a ceremonial bill signing for a bill which creates new penalties and enhances existing penalties relating to synthetic opioid drugs, including fentanyl.
The bill hands down stiffer penalties to drug dealers.
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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