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.