April 7, 2024 – We’ve told you about so many people who’ve died in these facilities for lack of proper, or really any, medical care. Please, please, not more heartbreak! How about treating addiction as the life-threatening medical condition it is, and spending our billions on what we know works best? In 2022, after the mandate took effect and despite new laws and crackdowns, there were 11,002 overdose deaths, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the California Department of Public Health. Yes, fentanyl happened. But we’re clearly doing something wrong. We clearly need to do something better. California needs a more medical, professional, comprehensive, well-regulated treatment system to prevent tragedies and save lives.

Only slightly more than half of treatment facilities offered any kind of medication-assisted treatment, the gold standard in care, according to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.