W.Va. House passes bill creating penalties for exposing first responders to fentanyl

The measure moves to the Senate; if it is signed into law, exposures that cause injuries could lead to felony charges


By Leila Merrill

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia House of Delegates members passed House Bill 2184, which creates additional penalties for people charged with exposing a governmental representative to fentanyl or any other harmful drug, the News and Sentinel reported.

EMS providers, firefighters and police officers are among those considered governmental representatives. If the exposure causes injury, the person may be charged with a felony.

West Virginia House of Delegates members passed House Bill 2184, which creates additional penalties for people charged with exposing a governmental representative to fentanyl or any other harmful drug.
West Virginia House of Delegates members passed House Bill 2184, which creates additional penalties for people charged with exposing a governmental representative to fentanyl or any other harmful drug. (Photo/AP)

The bill passed 94-2 and moves on to the state senate.

Delegates Barbara Evans Fleischauer, D-Monongalia, and Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha voted no, saying the bill is redundant because lawmakers already beefed up the state code to increase penalties for possession of fentanyl.

They both said the bill would not act as a deterrent and would not help ease prison crowding.


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