Senate District 27
Frank LaRose
Senate Priority Bill to Update Ohio's Drug Abuse Laws Signed by Governor
August 1, 2018
COLUMBUS—The Governor today signed Senate Bill 1, sponsored by State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson), ensuring that Ohio's drug abuse laws appropriately reflect the potency of fentanyl-related substances and addresses its growing prevalence in overdose deaths.

“I want to thank everyone who helped get this bill completed especially the families who have turned their tragedy into hope for others,” said LaRose. “We need to do everything in our power to combat this devastating opioid crisis. Senate Bill 1 is not the singular answer, but it is an important tool necessary to ensure those trafficking this deadly drug go to prison and people addicted get the help they need.” 

Senate Bill 1 targets individuals trafficking fentanyl related substances by increasing punishments to sellers specifically. This legislation would lower the amount of fentanyl needed to receive higher-level felony convictions that carry longer sentences. It also provides a balance by not imprisoning those suffering from drug addiction and giving them the choice to undergo treatment

The bill passed the Senate and the House with bipartisan support .

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