10/29/18

County Releases Annual Prescription Drug Abuse Report Card

CHAIRWOMAN KRISTIN GASPAR

San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Contacts: Itica Milanes 619-307-1793 itica.milanes@sdcounty.ca.gov

PRESS RELEASE

10-29-18

COUNTY RELEASES ANNUAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE REPORT CARD

Chairwoman Gaspar partners with Safe Homes Coalition and San Diego Association of REALTORS to launch unique new program

The San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force released the 2018 report card today and some of the statistics are disheartening. The number of San Diegans who died from unintentional drug-related deaths rose for the fourth year in a row. Fentanyl and heroin continue to be public enemy number one, infiltrating our borders at a record pace. Chairwoman Gaspar said, “Prescription drug abuse is an equal opportunity killer and can affect anyone, crossing socio-economic status, ethnicity, gender and age.”

On October 9th, Chairwoman Gaspar introduced an initiative at the Board of Supervisor’s meeting to fight opioid and prescription drug abuse in San Diego County. The County will partner with the Safe Homes Coalition and the San Diego Association of REALTORS – which has 20,000 members. Next April realtors and volunteers will walk neighborhoods all around the county providing homeowners with bags to collect expired and unused medications in their homes. The process is anonymous. Postage on the bags will be pre-paid and the prescriptions will be shipped to a DEA-compliant disposal facility where they will be weighed and then incinerated.

Our San Diego region has a long history of proactively addressing community problems. As government, we cannot solve complex issues alone and we must work with our community partners to realize this vision.