Mandatory minimums have failed in the past. It’s time for a new solution.
I am writing you today to ask that you please oppose HB 2241, a bill that will institute mandatory minimum sentences for individuals convicted of selling or transferring opioids. Mandatory minimums have failed to solve drug crises in the past, and we should we not expect a different result this time.
While it's clear that our opioid problem must be addressed, this measure would do nothing to help addicts who are selling the drugs to support their own habits and are in need of treatment.
Instead of harsh sentencing punishments, we should be building on the "Good Samaritan" provision included in Gov. Ducey's recently-passed opioid package. This provision ensures that Arizona deals with addiction the right way -- through treatment.