Fentanyl crisis: Should California throw the book at opioid dealers?

May 5, 2023

How do we solve the fentanyl crisis, which kills more people in California than car accidents or homicides?

That’s the question hanging over the halls of the California Capitol as lawmakers consider more than two dozen bills on the powerful opioid.

The wide-ranging debate is generating unique alliances in the Democratic-controlled Legislature but is also running headfirst into traditional political fault lines that pit proposals to treat addicts against efforts to get tougher on crime.

One solution is gaining widespread bipartisan approval — getting the fentanyl overdose-reversing drug Narcan widely distributed statewide.

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