New Drug Sentencing Law Could Increase Forensic Lab Workload

New Hampshire will likely pass a law in the next year that increases sentencing for fentanyl to that of heroin. Fentanyl accounts for over half the state’s overdose deaths this year. The law will not increase the number of cases that go to forensic labs, since most incidents involving mysterious substances are sent to the lab. However, the lab must prioritize its cases based on the nearest court date, and if the state is pursuing more cases involving fentanyl, then the labs may be under a time crunch to process cases expeditiously.

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