Pelosi Looking for Solutions as Fentanyl Crisis Continues

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( – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in San Francisco that the area has been examining the ways in which they could join a federal solution that is working on solving the fentanyl problem. San Francisco is now a part of “Operation Overdrive,” which is pushing for a crackdown on the fentanyl crisis in the country.

As Pelosi pointed out, the Department of Justice initiative is specifically focused on targeting violence caused by drug abuse, as well as overdoses. Pelosi explained that they were pushing for the Attorney General to prioritize the situation in San Francisco, which he responded to by stating that it would be a priority.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, which is leading the operation, has placed special agent Brian Clark in charge of the San Francisco Field Division. In his statement, Clark pointed out that there was a fentanyl crisis and that the DEA would mainly be focused on helping save lives through identifying and arresting drug traffickers as well as putting them under surveillance.

The DEA is collaborating with many federal agencies in their efforts to get a handle on the fentanyl crisis. This is something that California Governor Gavin Newsom also pointed out, stating that it was the only way to completely stop this “crisis of humanity” that has taken over the country’s streets.

Pelosi reported that this action would not be focused on users, but rather on sellers trying to address those responsible for selling the drugs.

At the same time, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott has stated that his department would continue arresting users in the streets.

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