Gov. Newsom directs Nationwide Guard to assist fight San Francisco’s fentanyl disaster

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has directed the Nationwide Guard and California Freeway Patrol to assist fight San Francisco’s fentanyl trafficking disaster. 

On Friday, Newsom introduced an effort to have each businesses help native authorities to handle the rise in fentanyl use. 

The settlement will concentrate on “dismantling fentanyl trafficking and disrupting the availability of the lethal drug within the metropolis by holding the operators of large-scale drug trafficking operations accountable,” the Democratic governor’s workplace stated. 


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Homeless persons are seen on streets of the Tenderloin district in San Francisco. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has directed the Nationwide Guard and California Nationwide Guard to help native authorities to fight the fentanyl disaster.  (Picture by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Company by way of Getty Photos)

“Two truths can co-exist on the identical time: San Francisco’s violent crime charge is under comparably sized cities like Jacksonville [Florida] and Fort Value [Texas] — and there’s additionally extra we should do to handle public security considerations, particularly the fentanyl disaster,” stated Newsom in a news launch. 

CHP will help the San Francisco Police Division by assigning personnel and coaching, drug trafficking enforcement inside sure areas of the town, particularly the Tenderloin space. 

The Nationwide Guard, or CalGuard, has been directed by Newsom to establish personnel and assets that may assist dismantle fentanyl trafficking rings.

Town’s Tenderloin neighborhood has been referred to as the epicenter of the area’s homelessness and drug disaster. 

In 2021, Mayor London Breed issued a state of emergency for the neighborhood in an effort to handle drug overdose deaths. Town noticed a 40% bounce in overdose deaths from January by means of March.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks  at a news convention in Sacramento on March. ((Alokito Mymensingh 24 Picture/Wealthy Pedroncelli,File))

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San Francisco had the second-highest overdose charge within the nation together with the second-highest dying charge from fentanyl overdose in 2020, in response to the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Peter Johnson