San Diego People: Addressing the opioid crisis in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Hundreds of people are dying around the country due to a nationwide epidemic, the opioid crisis.

In San Diego County, opioids are the leading cause of overdose deaths compared to any drug. County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar joined us to discuss the details of how the county is addressing the crisis here in San Diego.

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International overdose awareness day

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Today is International Overdose Awareness Day.

It’s a global event focused on raising awareness of overdoses, reducing the stigma of drug-related deaths, and acknowledging the grief felt by families and friends.

Your Crisis Coach Scott Silverman joins KUSI to tell us more.

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Wisdom teeth removal is contributing to the opioid crisis, experts warn

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Every year, about 5 million Americans, most of whom are adolescents and young adults, have their wisdom teeth removed. Many of them are prescribed opioids for the pain during recovery.

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Prescription Drugs In The Home Are Fueling The Addiction Crisis Among Kids And Teens, Warns New Research

Forbes
by: David DiSalvo, Senior Contributor

Looking at the results collectively, the biggest takeaway is that it’s dangerous to keep prescription meds in the home when they’re no longer needed. Particularly opioids, sedatives and stimulants – having any of these addictive drugs around elevates risk not only for your family, but also others who might gain access through someone in your home.

Even when a medication is needed, these results underscore how important it is to keep it as inaccessible as possible to others in the home. That’s easier said than done, of course, but the evidence is clear that failing to do so can have tragic consequences.

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SUPERVISOR GASPAR TEAMS WITH SHERIFF GORE, SAN DIEGO ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS AND SAFE HOMES COALITION TO LAUNCH INNOVATIVE PROGRAM AIMED AT REDUCING ACCESS TO DANGEROUS OPIOIDS

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VOLUNTEERS DISTRIBUTING HUNDREDS OF BAGS FOR SAFE DISPOSAL OF OLD AND UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

To counter the rising number of opioid deaths, Saturday, Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, Sheriff Bill Gore, Safe Homes Coalition and the San Diego Association of REALTORS kicked off the “Keep Kids Safe” program.

For the 4thyear in a row, the number of San Diegans who died from unintentional drug-related deaths went up. According to the San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, 273 people died in 2017. And 4 in 10 teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug say they stole it from their parent’s medicine cabinet.

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San Diego People: Opioid Crisis in San Diego

KUSI Newsroom

A nationwide epidemic is killing hundred of thousands of people across the United States every single year. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, opioid overdoses kill more then 130 people in the United States each day.

In San Diego County, overdose deaths from opioids have now surpassed every other kind of drug.

In the first segment of this San Diego People, County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, and Sheriff’s Lieutenant Karen Stoob-Care talked about the local impact of opioids and how the sheriff’s department is working to combat the crisis.

Later in the show we talked to Sue Harris, who lost her son to the opioid crisis, and the Executive Director of Safe Home Coalition Scott Silverman talked about things everyone can do to address a loved one who is suffering from addiction.

Last, Ennis Jackson, a paramedic, and Kevin Burke, the President of Greater San Diego Association of Realtors talked about the constant attention first responders are putting on the opioid crisis and how realtors are stepping in to help.

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Amid Opioid Crisis, AMR Joins Initiative to Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

Voice of San Diego
by: Jennifer McEntee

American Medical Response responds to more than 200,000 emergency medical transports annually in San Diego County. In recent years, AMR has seen a growing number of overdoses associated with suspected opioid use, according to Madeleine Baudoin, AMR’s government and public affairs manager.

“AMR is committed to the health and safety of every resident.  Decreasing the need for EMS through injury and illness prevention is an integral part of AMR’s commitment to community health,” Baudoin said. “AMR has set a goal to help reduce overdose deaths through prevention education.”

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Learning how to prevent drug abuse in teenagers

KUSI Newsroom

SAN DIEGO (KUSI)- According to the Pew Research Center, nearly half of all Americans have a family member or friend who is, or who has been addicted to drugs. Teens and young adults are more susceptible and as a parent, it’s easier to prevent an addiction from forming at the early stages. President and CEO of Confirm Biosciences, Zeynep Ilgaz, joined us this morning to talk more about how teen drug abuse can be prevented.

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Opioid epidemic is reducing life expectancy

KUSI Newsroom

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The CDC recently lowered Americans’ life expectancy for the first time do to deaths from opioids.

CEO and founder of Confidential Recovery Scott Silverman stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss the growing issue.

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About 254 pounds of fentanyl, 395 pounds of meth seized by Border Protection

AP, KUSI Newsroom

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds (114 kilograms) of the synthetic drug that is helping fueling a national epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses from a secret compartment inside a load of Mexican produce heading into Arizona.

The drug was found hidden Saturday morning in a compartment under the rear floor of a tractor-trailer after a scan during secondary inspection indicated “some anomalies” in the load, and the agency’s police dog team alerted officers to the presence of drugs, Nogales CBP Port Director Michael Humphries said.

Most of the seized fentanyl with an overall street value of about $3.5 million was in white powder form, but about 2 pounds of it (1 kilogram) was contained in pills. Agents also seized nearly 395 pounds (179 kilograms) of methamphetamine with a street value of $1.18 million, Humphries said.

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