Assemblywoman Laurie Davies: Championing Bipartisan Action to Combat the Fentanyl Epidemic

In the face of a growing fentanyl crisis claiming the lives of Californians every day, Assemblywoman Laurie Davies has emerged as a strong advocate for a bipartisan approach to tackle this catastrophic epidemic head-on. With a call to action that transcends political divides, Davies is leading the charge to prioritize public safety and protect communities from the devastating impact of fentanyl.

During a joint hearing on the fentanyl crisis, Assemblywoman Davies voiced her concerns and emphasized the urgent need for comprehensive solutions. While Democrats seemed determined to sidestep the issue of holding fentanyl traffickers accountable, Davies stood firm in her resolve to address the root causes of the epidemic.

Davies echoed the sentiments of Republicans, law enforcement officials, and victim advocates who recognized the importance of a multi-faceted approach to combat the fentanyl crisis. She emphasized the need to address public health aspects as well as public safety concerns, ensuring prevention, recovery, and accountability are all key components of any effective strategy.

Assemblymember Juan Alanis (R-Modesto) expressed his frustration with the lack of tangible action during the hearing, highlighting the urgent nature of the crisis. He, like Davies, recognized that delaying action only results in more lives lost. With every passing week, over a hundred Californians tragically succumb to fentanyl-related deaths. Both lawmakers emphasized the need to prioritize immediate and comprehensive measures to combat the poison plaguing communities across the state.

Assemblyman Joe Patterson (R-Rocklin) and Laura Didier, a constituent who tragically lost her son to fentanyl, joined Davies in their calls for a balanced approach. They stressed the importance of raising awareness, providing adequate treatment and recovery services, and holding drug dealers and traffickers accountable for their actions. Rejecting the notion that this issue should be clouded by politics, they urged their colleagues to act swiftly and decisively.

Assemblywoman Laurie Davies has been a consistent voice in the fight against the fentanyl epidemic. Her unwavering dedication to the safety and well-being of Californians serves as an inspiration to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. By pushing for a bipartisan approach and urging her colleagues to prioritize action over political considerations, Davies has become a leader in the battle against this deadly crisis.

Californians are depending on their elected representatives to rise above political divisions and address the fentanyl epidemic with a sense of urgency. Assemblywoman Laurie Davies is leading by example, showing that through collaboration and a commitment to protect communities, real progress can be made. With her leadership, there is hope for a brighter future, free from the devastating grip of fentanyl.

Republicans, Law Enforcement & Victim Advocates Want Comprehensive Solution While Democrats Miss Half The Picture

Republicans, Law Enforcement & Victim Advocates Want Comprehensive Solution While Democrats Miss Half The Picture

SACRAMENTO – At today’s joint hearing on the fentanyl crisis, Democrats doubled down on their stubborn refusal to hold fentanyl traffickers accountable. Despite calls from Republicans, law enforcement and family members of fentanyl victims for a comprehensive solution that addresses the epidemic from a public health AND public safety perspective, Democrat committee members indicated they will continue to ignore and make excuses for traffickers selling poison to unsuspecting Californians.

Assemblymember Juan Alanis (R-Modesto) criticized the committee as more of the same, saying “If I could describe today’s hearing in one word it would be: ‘frustrating.’ Today’s special hearing was a lot of talk and once again short on any real action. In my opinion we took a step back from moving on anything bipartisan and meaningful. Again, this legislature chooses to delay, deflect and discuss instead of acting on real bipartisan solutions that are available now. We cannot punt this problem to next year or to the next legislature. Every week we delay, over one hundred more Californians die. I’m not sure what qualifies as an urgent emergency in the eyes of my colleagues, but I believe that taking more immediate and comprehensive action on the poison of fentanyl plaguing our communities across California is just common sense.

Assemblyman Joe Patterson (R-Rocklin) and his constituent, Laura Didier, who served as a witness after losing her son to fentanyl in 2020, called for a balanced approach that emphasizes prevention, recovery for people struggling with addiction and accountability for fentanyl traffickers.

From day one I have been clear that the legislature must address the growing fentanyl crisis,” said Patterson. “It’s critical we take a multi-pronged approach including increased awareness, treatment AND, often ignored by the majority, holding dealers and traffickers accountable. This is not political and politics should not stop us from taking action against those bringing this poison into our communities.

I am grateful for this invitation to share my son’s story today. I lost my 17 year old son Zach two and a half years ago to a counterfeit pill made of fentanyl,” said Didier. “People continue to die in record numbers, including teenagers like Zach. We need all hands on deck to address primary prevention, recovery services, and accountability for drug dealers. We need action on this crisis now.

Assemblywoman Laurie Davies (R-Laguna Niguel) called for a bipartisan approach to ending the fentanyl epidemic, saying: “Californians of all ages die from fentanyl every day – we must act with a sense of urgency and take the politics out of fentanyl policy. Californians are depending on us to do our job and protect our communities from this catastrophic crisis.”

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