Opioid-Related Deaths In San Diego County Keep Steady

Friday, October 27, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh
Credit: Associated Press
Above: Schedule 2 narcotics: Morphine Sulfate, OxyContin and Opana are displayed for a photograph in Carmichael, Calif., Jan. 18, 2013.

President Trump has declared opioid crisis a public health emergency and San Diego County officials are hoping for some help in battling the epidemic.

The President's announcement comes on the heels of new numbers released by the county about deaths and emergency rooms visits due to opioid use.

County health officials say there were 253 opioid-related deaths in San Diego County in 2016, a number that is only slightly higher than the previous year. While abuse statistics are not rising dramatically in our region, there has not been a significant drop in deaths or emergencies over the last five years.

Dr. Roneet Lev, an emergency department physician at Scripps Mercy Hospital and executive board member of San Diego County's Prescription Drug Task Force, discusses Friday on Midday the effects of opioid abuse and what's being done to combat the epidemic.