Following a statewide push for reform in how prosecutors handle cases of fentanyl overdoses, former US Assistant Attorney General and candidate for California Attorney General, Nathan Hochman, has partnered with District Attorneys from El Dorado County, Yolo County, San Luis Obispo County and Riverside County to combat the drug’s continuing spread across California.
Hochman is proposing that District Attorneys implement an “Alexandra notice”, which will require convicted fentanyl drug dealers to acknowledge that the manufacture and distribution of fentanyl is “extremely dangerous to human life,” and if in the future someone dies as a result of their continued actions, they can be charged with voluntary manslaughter or murder.
“The purpose of the ‘Alexandra notice’ is to deter first-time fentanyl dealers from becoming second-time fentanyl dealers, saving innocent lives,” Hochman stated.
On March 23, 2021, legislators in the California State Senate failed to pass SB 350, by Senator Melissa Melendez, which would have required “Alexandra notices” statewide.
In response, Hochman sent a letter to each District Attorney in California asking for the policy change at the county level and providing additional information about the issue. Since then, Hochman has worked with El Dorado District Attorney Vernon Pierson, Yolo County District Attorney Jeffrey Reisig, Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin, and San Luis Obispo District Attorney Dan Dow, among others, to implement the “Alexandra notice” policy for their counties.
“The failure of California politicians to stop the spread of fentanyl and save lives is unacceptable,” Hochman added. “I am calling on our District Attorneys to step up where Sacramento has let us down. Instituting ‘Alexandra notices’ is a critical first step in getting fentanyl off the streets.”
Fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine. As little as two milligrams (or two grains of rice) can kill within two minutes, and there are 5,000 milligrams in a teaspoon of fentanyl. Fentanyl is responsible for over half of the drug overdose deaths in California which equates to over a thousand child deaths a year. In most circumstances, drug dealers hide lethal doses of fentanyl inside counterfeit and fake Oxycodone, Percocet, Adderall, and Xanax pills (“fentapills”) or mix it with traditional hard street drugs such as heroin or cocaine, and even marijuana products, to increase their profits per drug sale.
Nathan Hochman has served as a prosecutor, defense attorney, victim rights advocate, and was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the US Senate in 2008 as US Assistant Attorney General overseeing the Department of Justice’s Tax Division. Nathan also served as President of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission . Nathan is running as a Republican for Attorney General of California in 2022 and has made addressing fentanyl and the drug epidemic a major campaign priority. On social media, Nathan has posted a series of videos on the fentanyl epidemic that have received over 400,000 views.
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