Harsher penalties for fentanyl will not save lives

Source: Orange County Register
by Cristine Soto DeBerry

“In 2021, there were 6,843 opioid related overdose deaths in California. 5,722 of these deaths were related to fentanyl. The deadly epidemic of fentanyl is gripping our communities, and it has left our leaders desperate to find answers. But will our leaders learn from history as they work to implement solutions? …The War on Drugs may have been well intentioned, but the fatally flawed concept was grounded in misunderstood deterrence theory; the false promise that harsher penalties would deter or discourage the sale and use of drugs.” (01/18/23)