This week East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, along with bill sponsors and other elected officials, discussed House Bill 90– enacted legislation to stiffen penalties for fentanyl-related crimes.
“Fentanyl is killing those in our community at an alarming rate. We see an overdose almost daily in the parish,” Sheriff Gautreaux said.
“Since 2022, the EBRSO Narcotics Division has seized more than 30 lbs of Fentanyl and more than 20,000 pressed Fentanyl pills. That is enough to potentially kill more than 150,000 people. That’s one and a half times the people that can fit inside a packed Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night.
To family and friends that have lost a loved one to this drug, we grieve with you; and we are committed to doing all we can to stop the continued loss of life due to Fentanyl.
Parents, please talk to your kids about the dangers of this drug. It is being pressed and disguised as different pills, and its being put in a host of other drugs. A very small amount could prove deadly.
Thank you to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, under the command of Captain Tanner Jenkins, for your tireless work to get Fentanyl out of our neighborhoods and away from our kids and residents.
Let’s all continue to work together to eradicate Fentanyl from our community. Thank you again to everyone that made this bill possible.”