Frometa releases plan to stop fentanyl coming to Downey — The Downey Patriot

DOWNEY – Downey adviser Claudia M. Frometa released a plan on Thursday to stop the flow of fentanyl to Downey.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. According to the CDC, opioids were implicated in 68,630 overdose deaths in 2020.

“As a medical professional, I have witnessed the devastating consequences of fentanyl. It is tearing families apart and causing irreparable harm to our communities,” Frometa said. “As a member of the Downey District 4 Council, I want to assure you that the safety of our children is my top priority.

“Having said that, I would like to share with you the steps I am taking to combat this dangerous drug.”

Frometa’s plan to fight fentanyl has six parts:

Work with the police. The first step is to work closely with our Downey Police Department. It has been made clear that illegal drugs, including fentanyl, are not tolerated at Downey. I was proud to endorse an agreement with the Downey Unified School District that places an armed police officer in EVERY public high school in Downey during school hours. These Campus Resource Officers build trust with students and faculty and help keep our campuses as safe as possible.

Dialogue with Downey unified. It is imperative that the City of Downey and Downey Unified maintain clear and open lines of communication. I am proud to say that our city’s relationship with our school district has never been better and we are all equally committed to keeping our children safe and campuses free of illicit drugs. In the event that a student comes into contact with fentanyl, there is a clear protocol in place to get the student medical assistance as quickly as possible.

Communication with Hospitals. Downey is a hub of medical innovation. We are fortunate to have three amazing hospitals in our city – Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center, PIH Hospital, and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center – giving us unparalleled access to doctors and medical staff. Downey residents have access to world-class medical care and each of the hospitals has indicated their commitment to ending the fentanyl epidemic.

Collaboration with local drug agencies. There are several addiction and rehabilitation service agencies in Downey and surrounding communities that provide much-needed help to people with addiction issues. Help is available! It is imperative that we provide support to those who need help getting sober. A list of these agencies is available on the City of Downey’s website.

Put our foot down with Sacramento. Frankly, I’m tired of politicians passing ridiculous laws that ignore common sense. We pampered criminals at the expense of our neighborhoods. It’s time we let Sacramento politicians know that putting the rights of criminals before those of law-abiding residents like you and me can no longer be tolerated.

Talk to our children. Finally, I cannot stress the importance of having clear and honest communication with our children about the dangers of drugs. It’s not harmless fun; today’s drugs are often mixed with chemicals, making them more potent and deadly than ever. Please talk to your children and help them make informed decisions.

“I may be an elected official and a healthcare worker, but I’m a mother first,” Frometa said. “The health of my four children is my top priority, because I am sure that the health of your children is for you.”

Frometa is re-elected to Downey City Council. She was first elected in 2018.

“If I can be of any help, please don’t hesitate to contact me,” she said. She can be reached at or online at

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