Governor Scott Walker has signed Assembly Bill 335 (Act 60) into law which adds forms of fentanyl to the synthetic opiates category under Schedule I and reorganizes some substances from the general synthetic opiates category to the specific fentanyl analog category.
Under the bill — authored by Rep. Joel Kleefisch and Sen, Patrick Testin, along with Rep. John Nygren — someone possessing a fentanyl analog is guilty of a Class I felony and someone manufacturing, distributing, or delivering a fentanyl analog is guilty of a Class E felony.
“This law will help law enforcement crack down on the distribution, sale, and use of certain types of fentanyl, which can be 50 times stronger than heroin,” Walker said.
Fentanyl is used by medical professionals to treat severe chronic pain. However, altered forms of fentanyl are being developed and lives are being lost at an alarming rate. According to a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 145 fentanyl-related fatal overdoses in Milwaukee so far in 2017.