What we need are sentencing reform and criminal justice reform that helps individuals dealing with the destructive effects of these drugs, while providing medical and rehabilitative treatment alternatives. Laws like HB 477 sensibly allows emergency responders and others to administer opioid antagonists and recognizes the danger of fentanyl, carfentanil, and other synthetic opioids, but continues a long, failed history of stricter sentencing and scheduling-related responses to a public health problem—a response that is responsible for disproportionately hurting minorities and those suffering from addiction. As Commissioner, I will study and introduce ways to combat the opioid epidemic with recovery services and treatment programs.