Good morning all,
I just read the Florida Sheriff's Assoc article on the fentanyl environment and the new judicial penalties.
(In retirement I'm active in 8 programs encompassing much of our first responder umbrella.) Fentanyl is a pharmaceutical with a reputation related to deadly criminal activity (Emergency Support Function 13-Public Safety and Security). It is also, de facto, related to military poison gas ordnance (Emergency Support Function 15 - External [FEMA uses 15 for military interface]). See the Weekend 29-30 July 17 Wall Street Journal article "Police Confront Growing Peril: Fentanyl". WSJ is subscription so cannot hyperlink article here. An excerpt: "Authorities swiftly set a new policy:officers must treat drug seizures like an active shooter incident-.."
A major problem confronting the fentanyl issue is that it takes too much professional labor hours and expensive equipment to work the case. This is an enormous burden on public-sector budgets.
I do not have an answer or even a suggested route to pursue to minimize this public safety danger.