Drug Abuse Bills Struggle in California

Drug abuse and overdose deaths, especially involving fentanyl, are on the rise in our communities. California’s youth are falling victim to drug dealers who prey on their vulnerability and curiosity. In 2020 alone, California experienced nearly 4,000 deaths related to fentanyl overdose, and in 2021, fentanyl overdose became recognized as the leading cause of death of Americans aged 18 to 45. We need to pass legislation that holds drug dealers accountable, increases criminal penalties and gives local law enforcement and agencies the tools they need to keep our communities safe.