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Initiative to combat deadly Fentanyl use in Athens-Clarke County

Updated: Jul 23, 2022

By Joe Johnson

Two Athens law enforcement agencies are teaming up to battle the spreading abuse of the deadly drug Fentanyl.

In a joint statement issued on Friday, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office announced a collaborative effort called SAFE, an acronym for Strategically Addressing the Fentanyl Epidemic.

So far this year, fentanyl, which can be up to 100 times more powerful than morphine, has taken the lives of numerous members of the Athens-Clarke community, according to the joint statement, “and is increasing rapidly in severity with 67 percent of confirmed overdose deaths involving fentanyl in 2022 so far.”

Athens-Clarke County interim Police Chief Jerry Saulters

“We cannot arrest our way out of this,” interim Police Chief Jerry Saulters said.

“This epidemic impacts the community at large, we must work together to create effective and attainable solutions,” added District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez

The officials jointly said, “in regards to fentanyl our common goal is to save lives.”

Western Judicial Circuit DA Deborah Gonzalez

According to the joint statement, as a first step in the SAFE Initiative Gonzalez and Saulters called together recovery organizations, harm reduction leaders, government officials, leaders in the faith community, healthcare providers, members of the justice system, individuals with lived experience, and community stakeholders. Who earlier this month listened to presentations on the impact of fentanyl in the community and then together to brainstormed possible solutions.

“DA Gonzalez and Chief Saulters will continue working together to create and execute actionable steps to address the harm fentanyl is causing in Athens-Clarke County.” according to the statement.

The announcement of the initiative came four days after police in nearby Gwinnett County issued an “Overdose Spike Alert”in the wake of 41 drug overdoses in a recent 18-day period

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anyone remember this story ?? how did it play out?


How about securing the southern border? 7,000 illegal people are entering the US from the US-Mexico border each day.

China sells fentanyl to Mexico, Mexico smuggles it into the US. More young people die each year of fentanyl overdoses in the US than died in the entire Vietnam War.

Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. 2 milligrams of fentanyl is enough to kill an average adult. A 50 liter backpack smuggled across the US / Mexican border can carry enough fentanyl to kill 10s of thousands of people.

Some people will argue that most drugs are trafficked across official border crossings. Yeah, if I were to smuggle drugs into the US from Mexica,…

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anybody seen a follow up on this story from a year ago?

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