Statement on Report Listing Fentanyl Overdose as Prince's Cause of Death

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement in response to the news today that music legend Prince died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl.

“Today’s news underscores the risks that fentanyl use poses to our society. This is a drug that can easily kill anyone who uses or comes into contact with it. It reinforces my determination to reduce illegal supplies of fentanyl in California, and I hope the State Assembly and Governor Brown will agree to approve my and Senator Bob Huff’s bill to enhance criminal penalties for illegal distributors.”

On Tuesday, the California State Senate approved Senate Bill 1323 by Senators Bates and Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) that would enhance criminal penalties for illegal distributors of fentanyl, which has been linked to numerous deaths in California this year. The bill is now with the State Assembly for its consideration.

More information about SB 1323 can be found here.