The opioid epidemic has grabbed headlines. Not a day goes by that we don’t see reference to this deadly wave which has crashed over our country affecting people from every region, age and socioeconomic group; leaving in it’s wake devastated families and friends.
In 2016 alone, opioid overdoses claimed more than 42,000 lives in America. The abuse of and addiction to opioids such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers is a serious health problem in the County. From 2013-2016 opioid related death rose by 20% per California Healthcare Foundation reports.