Following a Strategy Devised by California Attorney General Candidate Nathan Hochman and Victims Advocates, Ten District Attorneys Adopt Policy to Combat the Spread of Fentanyl
November 18, 2021

Following a statewide push for reform led by victims’ advocates and a strategy devised by candidate for California Attorney General, Nathan Hochman, District Attorneys from Butte, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Kings, Napa, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino, San Luis Obispo, and Yolo counties have implemented “Alexandra Notices” aimed at reducing the recidivism rates of fentanyl dealers.  Fentanyl poisonings represent one of the leading killers of Californians and Americans, reaching over 100,000 deaths in last year alone.

The policy advocated by Hochman and implemented by the 10 District Attorneys involves giving an “Alexandra notice” to convicted fentanyl drug dealers, forcing them 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. This is similar to the notice currently given to convicted drunk drivers that if they get convicted of drunk driving and someone dies, they may be charged with murder.

Matt Capelouto, whose daughter Alexandra died from fentanyl poisoning, stated: “After the State legislature failed to pass “Alexandra’s law,” a law named after my daughter Alexandra who tragically died from fentanyl poisoning, I met Nathan Hochman.  As a former prosecutor Nathan came up with a strategy to reach out directly to all 58 District Attorneys throughout California to see if they would implement an “Alexandra” notice. This out-of-the-box strategy has worked, and I am proud to say that over 10 District Attorneys to date have agreed to provide these admonishments. Through Nathan’s efforts, lives will be saved. I commend him highly for his commitment to confronting the scourge of fentanyl in our state and finding solutions to address it.”

In June 2021, Hochman sent a letter to each District Attorney in each of the 58 counties in California asking for the policy change at the county level and providing additional information about the issue. 

“In spite of Sacramento’s failure to address this issue, we are working hard with District Attorneys and advocates to bring solutions to this tragic issue.” Hochman added. “The District Attorneys have the power to act, and the time to act is now. We must get fentanyl off the streets and utilizing ‘Alexandra notices’ to prevent repeat offenders is a great way to start.  The goal is for a first-time fentanyl dealer to never become a second-time fentanyl dealer, which will save lives.”

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 500,000 views.

To learn more about Nathan’s efforts on fentanyl, visit: NathanHochman.com/Fentanyl or follow the campaign on FacebookTwitterInstagram and TikTok.

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