CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Senate President Craig Blair (R, Berkeley) is behind a bill in West Virginia that would resurrect the death penalty in the state in order to punish those involved in large scale ” illicit manufacture and

Senate President Craig Blair (Photo: West Virginia Legislature)

wholesale distribution of fentanyl.”

He made the pronouncement during an appearance on Panhandle Live ahead of the session:

On Monday, he talked about the progress of the idea, saying the caucus is behind it:

He says the idea is timely:

Metronews reports three to four people die every day in West Virginia from a drug overdose and many more are rushed to the hospital or treated by emergency workers. Most overdoses involve fentanyl, which is 50 times more powerful than morphine.

February 19th is the last day to introduce bills in the Senate.