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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.Read more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.