Sacramento has seen 51 opioid overdose cases in the area since March, including 11 deaths. Toxicology reports confirmed eight of the deaths were related to fentanyl, the powerful opioid that drug officials say is on the rise.
The discussion around stopping America’s addiction is growing louder from Sacramento to Washington. Here’s a look at recent developments:
Grammy Award-winning artist Macklemore joined President Obama to discuss a disease that affects many Americans: addiction.
A California Senate committee passed SB 1323 to increase penalties for drug traffickers of fentanyl. Orange County Sheriff’s Captain Stu Greenberg says drug dealers consider fentanyl deaths “collateral damage.”
The son of Peggy Martin of North Carolina died from drug toxicity that included cocaine and prescription painkillers. Doctors had prescribed to her son 145 pills in the days following a routine tonsillectomy. “They should be held accountable prescribing Riley too much medicine,” Peggy Martin said through tears during this interview.
Earlier this spring, Natasha Butler, mother of 28-year-old Jerome Butler who died of opioid overdose, spoke at a vigil in south Sacramento.
The local deaths prompted Dr. Olivia Kasiyre, Sacramento County Public Health Officer, to declare a health emergency after six people in the county died from overdoses related to fentanyl.