Craig Mackinlay MP has welcomed the news that jail terms for the supply of Fentanyl will increase from three years to six as a minimum tariff.
The announcement came yesterday from Justice Minister, Rory Stewart, in a Commons’ debate secured by Dover and Deal MP, Charlie Elphicke, on sentences for supplying Fentanyl.
Mr Elphicke has led a victorious campaign for the move alongside Michelle Parry whose 18-year-old son, Robert Fraser, tragically died after unknowingly taking fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 75 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.
In a speech to MPs, Craig reiterated his call for Fentanyl to become a category AA drug, with a higher sentence to go with it.
The speech follows assurances received from the Home Secretary that the Government has no plan to decriminalise cannabis. The South Thanet MP also chairs a cross-party group of MPs concerned about the harmful effects of cannabis on developing brains.
The announcement coincided with International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking which the UN General Assembly decided to observe on 26 June as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve a world free of drug abuse.
Craig Mackinlay MP commented:
“I was pleased to support Charlie Elphicke MP in his debate. He spoke up persuasively for Michelle Parry from Deal who lost her son Robert tragically because of the lethal effects of Fentanyl.
“This is a killer opioid mimic man-made drug that is killing tens of thousands annually in the United States.
“That is why I support increasing minimum jail terms for the supply of Fentanyl from three years to six.
“I thank the Minister, Rory Stewart, for recognising the seriousness of this problem and congratulate Michelle and Charlie on their successful campaign.”