Tuesday Assemblymember Matt Haney (D-San Francisco) Chair of the Fentanyl and Overdose Prevention Choose Committee, together with a number of different members of the Democratic Caucus held a press convention on Fentanyl Consciousness Day to debate Meeting Democrat’s legislative priorities to handle the fentanyl disaster.
Fentanyl kills extra Individuals below 50 than every other explanation for loss of life, together with coronary heart illness, most cancers, murder, suicide, and different accidents. Final 12 months 6,843 folks died in California from opioid overdose, 5,722 of those deaths had been associated to Fentanyl.
Nationwide Fentanyl Prevention and Consciousness Day was established in remembrance of the various family members which have died from fentanyl poisoning. Fentanyl prevention advocates throughout the nation come collectively on this present day to take coordinated motion and warn the general public concerning the risks of fentanyl.
“Fentanyl is one thing that sadly my district is much too acquainted with,” stated Haney. “ I reside in San Francisco’s Tenderloin and I’ve seen the devastating impact this drug has on the lives of relations and buddies who lose somebody to fentanyl.”
The USA Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has declared Fentanyl “the one deadliest drug risk our nation has ever encountered.” Fentanyl is 50 instances stronger than heroin. Solely two tiny milligrams of fentanyl is taken into account a probably deadly dose.
“The Democratic Caucus is taking motion and main with options,” Haney stated. “The California Meeting Democrats have launched over 25 payments which are taking all kinds of approaches to stopping the fentanyl disaster. Together with laws to cease the provision, eradicating obstacles to remedy, and getting lifesaving first support like Narcan into the fingers of people that want it.”
“Fentanyl has develop into a public well being disaster of the best precedence. It may be 50 to 100 instances stronger than morphine and its affect doesn’t discriminate; it impacts folks from all walks of life,” stated Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Irvine).
“I thank Assemblymember Haney for his management on this problem and I’m proud to be the writer of ACR 69, which acknowledges Fentanyl Consciousness Day. It’s necessary to spotlight the risks of fentanyl and bear in mind those that have misplaced their lives to lethal poison. As a legislator and a mom, I’ll proceed to work with my colleagues in the direction of stopping additional tragedies by supporting the event of a number of coverage approaches to handle this disaster.”
“When talking concerning the fentanyl disaster, we should assist those that succumb to fentanyl’s attract survive the hazard, significantly our younger folks. Regulation enforcement additionally wants extra instruments and assets,” Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-San Bernardino) stated.
Ramos added, “That’s why earlier this 12 months, I launched two fentanyl payments, AB 461 to require neighborhood faculties and California State universities to inventory fentanyl take a look at strips and AB 462 to assist fund overdose response groups. To win the warfare towards fentanyl, the drug have to be attacked from all angles.”
Haney can be chairing the Choose Committee on Fentanyl, Opioid Dependancy, and Overdose Prevention. The Committee will convey legislators, service suppliers, and legislation enforcement from throughout the state to come back collectively to search out options to cease the unfold of fentanyl. The primary Fentanyl choose committee listening to can be held on Might 24 and can be a joint listening to with the Public Security and Well being Committee.