Alabama House approves bill named after teen who died of fentanyl poisoning

Published 8:00 am Friday, April 5, 2024

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MONTGOMERY, AL – The Alabama House of Representatives has voted to advance HB280, the Price Hornsby Act. 

The legislation is named in honor of Price Hornsby, a 17-year-old high school student from Auburn, Alabama, whose life was tragically cut short due to fentanyl poisoning. 

Following the passage of HB280, Rep. Joe Lovvorn (R-Auburn), who sponsored this legislation, issued the following statement. 

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“Price’s story is tragic, and the unfortunate reality is that communities across our state are experiencing similar tragedies daily. Educating our children on the dangers of drug use and investing in prevention strategies will undoubtedly save lives, and I appreciate my house colleague’s support on this issue. Together, we will continue working to combat the devasting effects of fentanyl and protect our leaders of tomorrow.” 

The Price Hornsby Act requires Alabama’s public schools to provide research-based instruction on fentanyl prevention and drug poisoning awareness to students in grades six through 12. This initiative aims to arm our young people with the knowledge and tools they need to navigate the dangers of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. 

HB280 will be carried in the State Senate by Senator Jay Hovey (R-Auburn). 

“I’m proud to carry this legislation in the Senate and do my part to protect our children from this deadly drug. We want our children to understand that one bad decision can have permanent impacts that change the course of their lives. Price’s story has the power to save lives, and I’m committed to getting this legislation across the finish line.