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California Should Make Narcan Free

Opinion by Assemblymember Liz Ortega, Special to The Sacramento Bee

Source: The Sacramento Bee

The opioid epidemic has been a slow-moving disaster that has claimed far too many lives in our communities, but the recent emergence of fentanyl has created a perfect storm leading to pandemic-level death rates.

The wreckage wrought on our communities is marked primarily by its toll on human life: More than 6,000 Californians died by overdose from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids in 2021.

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