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Gov. Kasich Signs Bill That Increases Drug Trafficking Penalties

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Brenda Ryan, of Cuyahoga Falls, lost her daughter to a drug overdose in 2016. The man who provided the drugs later had his charge reduced.

Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill into law that increases penalties for drug trafficking.

Cuyahoga Falls resident Brenda Ryan is raising her 7-year-old grandson after his mother, Sheena Moore, died from a drug overdose in 2016. She was only 31 years old. 

Ryan says the man who provided the deadly drugs to her daughter spent only eight years in prison because the penalties were reduced once it was determined the drug wasn’t heroin.

“What they thought was heroin, when it was tested, they found it was carfentanyl and fentanyl, which is way more deadlier than heroin, and they actually had to lower his charge,” she said.

The bill Kasich signed into law increases penalties for trafficking fentanyl to the same level as the most dangerous drugs. He says this new law will be one more step the state can take to lower the number of opioid deaths in Ohio.