Drunk, high pedestrians becoming more of a problem. Here’s Fresno’s solution

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SEEKING NEW SOLUTION FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSERS AT RISK OF DEATH IN FRESNO

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer and District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp talk about a program that will put those with substance abuse problems in touch with mentors at the Fresno Rescue Mission.BY JIM GUYUP NEXT×Play VideoDuration 1:36Seeking new solution for substance abusers at risk of death in FresnoFresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer and District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp talk about a program that will put those with substance abuse problems in touch with mentors at the Fresno Rescue Mission. BY JIM GUY

Citing a rise in deaths of pedestrians under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or both, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer and District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp Thursday announced an expanded partnership with the Fresno Rescue Mission to help potential victims gain sobriety.

Dyer cited the deaths of 30 pedestrians in Fresno in 2018, at least 19 of whom were under the influence when they were killed, as evidence that more efforts are needed. 

Smittcamp said the passage of Proposition 47, which turned many drug offenses from felonies into misdemeanors, is driving a need to find new approaches to reaching chronic abusers of alcohol, methamphetamine, opioids and other drugs. https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article229431759.html

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