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Wisconsin Senate tries to crack down on fentanyl analogs

A spike in overdoses has prompted a new bill
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Posted at 4:44 PM, Oct 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 17:44:57-04

On Tuesday, the state Senate will take up a bill designed to suppress the use of deadly opioids known as fentanyl analogs. 

The bill would make it easier for prosecutors to go after manufacturers. It would also make possessing, manufacturing or dealing a fentanyl analog a felony. 

Earlier this month, Republican Rep. John Nygren's daughter, Cassandra Nygren, was charged with providing the fentanyl that killed a pregnant woman. 

The drug is being added to heroin to amplify its potency. This has lead to a spike in overdoses across the state.

The Senate plans to add more analog forms to the bill, which was already passed by the Assembly in June.