Newsom Calls On National Guard To Fight San Francisco Fentanyl Crisis

  • Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom has called upon the state’s National Guard to assist the California Highway Patrol, the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office in shutting down the city’s ongoing fentanyl crisis.
  • Newsom announced a partnership between the four agencies Friday afternoon in hope that their collaboration can dismantle fentanyl trafficking within San Francisco by holding those responsible for large-scale trafficking operations accountable, a press release from the governor’s office stated.
  • So far in 2023, San Francisco has seen a 40% increase in overdose deaths, mostly concentrated in the Tenderloin district and South of Market neighborhoods of the city, the release stated.