The Washington Times
April 11, 2018

Christina E. Nolan, the U.S. attorney in Vermont, said the drug is so toxic that small amounts are killing people — yet a dealer would have to sell 40 grams, equivalent to 20,000 lethal doses, to earn a mandatory prison term, and prosecutors rarely see cases that reach that threshold.

“Fentanyl is a new kind of threat. It is a new kind of danger,” Ms. Nolan told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “The 40-gram threshold just doesn’t make sense.”

The synthetic was responsible for two thirds of the 107 opioid-related deaths that Vermont saw last year, she said.”

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