Overdose Awareness Week

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The California State Legislature has declared August 29th to September 2nd Overdose Awareness Week to commemorate those who have lost their lives to this deadly national epidemic. As a state we must do more.

The only way to prevent overdoses is to stop the sale of illegal drugs. Sign this petition to ask the Legislature to increase penalties in order to deter traffickers from poisoning kids with fentanyl.

Fentanyl is now the most deadly and dangerous drug circulating on the illegal drug market.

In California, about 10,000 people died of a drug overdose during the year-long period ending in April 2021.

We must take immediate action to stop these tragic deaths.

Our youth are being targeted through their phones. Two disturbing trends have dramatically escalated the dangers of fentanyl: the deceptive use of fentanyl in counterfeit pills and the use of social media to traffic illicit substances to teens.

Just 2 milligrams of fentanyl (that’s like two grains of salt!) can kill. Fentanyl poisoning has become a public health emergency. According to the California Department of Public Health, statewide fentanyl deaths increased from 239 deaths in 2016 to 3,946 in 2020. That translates to 1,551%.

Shockingly, California law treats fentanyl as less serious than cocaine or heroin—leading to this sharp increase in fentanyl imports and subsequent deaths. It is time we treat fentanyl as seriously as its consequences.

We must establish 20 years to life as the penalty for the distribution of fentanyl resulting in death. Currently, possession of fentanyl is a mere misdemeanor offense and requires just a citation and subsequent release.

Possession of 2 or more grams of fentanyl should be a felony. To combat the increase in fentanyl distribution on social media, the penalty must be enhanced.

Help make this change and sign this petition!