The Alabama Senate has voted in favor of tougher penalties for distributing fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.
Senators voted unanimously in favor of the bill yesterday. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives for debate.
Sen. Cam Ward, the bill's sponsor, said an influx of fentanyl, which is significantly more powerful than heroin, is causing a spike in overdose deaths. Ward says state penalties for fentanyl possession are disproportionately low, and the new bill would make the penalties similar to those for heroin.