CDC data documenting fentanyl overdoses lagged events on the ground by as much as a year, obscuring the real-time picture of what was happening. That November — eight months after the DEA issued its national fentanyl alert — the Obama administration sent its annual National Drug Control Strategy to Congress. That same year, Kemp Chester was named the associate director of the National Heroin Coordination Group in Botticelli’s office. We needed a serious sense of urgency.” But for years, Congress didn’t provide significant funding to combat fentanyl or the larger opioid epidemic. The report said fentanyl overdoses and seizures were soaring.
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