As drug overdose deaths continue to wreak havoc on families across the country and right here in the great state of Idaho, we need your assistance in urging our legislature to stand for the most vulnerable in our communities. Approximately, 106,000 people nationwide lost their life due to a drug overdose in 2022. The data for 2023 is not in yet, but you can be assured it did not decline. According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, at least 270 people died from an opioid related death, 49% of which involved fentanyl. These numbers are most definitely underreported, and we know the actual number is much higher.
It is time for Idaho to take a stance on fentanyl by placing it in our Mandatory Minimum Sentencing laws for drug traffickers. The Idaho Chiefs of Police Association know all too well the devastation drug addiction creates in our society and our families. We will continue to support prevention and rehabilitation for those addicted to drugs. However, those responsible for trafficking poison into our communities need to be held accountable for their actions; especially when we know 6 in 10 pills have been proven to contain a lethal dose of fentanyl.
Idahoans who were surveyed overwhelmingly support Mandatory Minimum sentences for fentanyl traffickers. On behalf of our statewide membership, the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association Board of Directors is asking you to urge your representative to act on behalf of their constituents when it comes to this very important issue.
Chief Tracy Basterrechea – President
Chief Rex Ingram – Vice President
Chief Roger Schei – Past President
Chief Tomi Mclean – Region 1 Vice President
Chief Joe Huff – Region 2 Vice President
Chief Steve England – Region 3 Vice President
Chief Josh Rhodes – Region 4 Vice President
This Op-Ed was submitted by the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association, Tracy Basterrechea – President. Op-Eds do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.