The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to declare the illicit use and distribution of the pain-management opioid fentanyl a public well being disaster.
San Diego County has seen fentanyl deaths skyrocket during the last 5 years — from 33 in 2016 to greater than 800 in 2021.
The declaration of a public well being disaster will enable San Diego County to commit extra assets fentanyl schooling, remedy, restoration, and hurt discount methods — together with the distribution of Naloxone to deal with overdoses.
The general public well being declaration was proposed by Supervisors Jim Desmond and Terra Lawson-Remer.
“Younger folks throughout our county are dying tragic deaths from fentanyl,” stated Lawson-Remer. “With this vote, the county is redoubling our dedication to holding San Diegans protected from harmful drug overdoses.”
“By declaring illicit fentanyl a public well being disaster, we elevate consciousness and take step one in placing the general public on discover,” stated Desmond. “We have to begin treating illicit fentanyl as a poison, whose victims are unknowing, and letting our youngsters know that one capsule can kill.”
The Border Patrol has known as consideration to an growing quantity of smuggled fentanyl, which is usually laced with different medication. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 occasions stronger that morphine, and small quantities can kill.