San Diego County Declares Public Health Emergency Over Illegal Fentanyl

6/29/2022 8:04:00 AM

San Diego County Declares Public Health Emergency Over Illegal Fentanyl

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San Diego County Declares Public Health Emergency Over Illegal Fentanyl

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors took a stand against illegal fentanyl flooding its streets by declaring a public health crisis.

“A lot of people may have the feeling, ‘Oh, this is something that happens to somebody else. This is something that – Wow, this is really bad, but it would never happen to anybody I know,” Bernard Gonzales with the San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force (PDATF) said. “This is the real danger of this substance.”

It only takes a few micrograms to make up a lethal dose of fentanyl, according to law enforcement. Advocate groups have pushed for county law enforcement personnel to have access to overdose-reversing drugs like Narcan and NaloxoneNathan Smiddy, known affectionately as Narcan Nate, does outreach across the county supplying people with, and teaching them how to use, Narcan and naloxone.

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This is something that – Wow, this is really bad, but it would never happen to anybody I know,” Bernard Gonzales with the San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force (PDATF) said. “This is the real danger of this substance.” It only takes a few micrograms to make up a lethal dose of fentanyl, according to law enforcement. 6, 2021. Advocate groups have pushed for county law enforcement personnel to have access to overdose-reversing drugs like Narcan and Naloxone Nathan Smiddy, known affectionately as Narcan Nate, does outreach across the county supplying people with, and teaching them how to use, Narcan and naloxone. “We can have all the resources, but we have to go to the people that need it. Robbins-Meyer said that while advancing both community and county values,"This is a fiscally sound, balanced budget that maintains prudent reserves.

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. I’m not going to reach anybody,” Smiddy said. In a sentencing memorandum filed before the hearing, his lawyer said Weisbecker was influenced by “media manipulation” of the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 and President Trump’s false claims of a stolen election. Smiddy called the county’s declaration a step in the right direction but wants to see access to life-saving overdose reversal drugs expanded to include kids. “My father was a police officer, I knew the cops who were running the DARE program, and ultimately I endeavored in substance abuse, so kids, for better or worse, are going to endeavor in substance abuse and they need to know what to do, they need to know they’re protected if they call 911, they need to have access to naloxone because they just did a survey that said kids wouldn’t call 911 if their friend was in danger. So what would they do?” Smiddy’s friends talked him into getting on social media platforms which he now uses to talk about his 8-year fight with drug abuse and his 3-and-a-half-year journey through sobriety. Weisbecker flew from San Diego to attend Trump’s rally in Washington, then followed the crowd to the Capitol and went inside." In terms of staffing, the county budget covers four specific groups: public safety (the largest), followed by health and human services, land use and environment, and general government.

He said he survived two overdoses and has lost 18 friends to overdoses. In addition to his independent outreach, Smiddy works with the nonprofit A New Path to advocate for policy reform and treatment programs in place of punitive measures. The County’s Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force has fentanyl-related resources available for parents and the community on . Glendora man pleads guilty to felony in connection with Jan.