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SUPERVISOR FLETCHER & THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TAKE ACTION TO ADDRESS OPIOID/FENTANYL CRISIS USING OPIOID LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT MONEY

12/13/22

 

Plans by the County’s Behavioral Health Services Agency to procure new tools, staffing and programs to fight the opioid/fentanyl epidemic, using settlement money from lawsuits with opioid manufacturers, was granted today by Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and the rest of the Board of Supervisors. 

“Our County is moving with great urgency to help San Diegans already addicted to opioids receive care. We are working to educate folks, especially children, about the dangers of fentanyl with the hope they do not become another statistic,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “As the settlement money comes in we are able to move quickly to use those resources because we have a plan. We all are committed to tackling this issue and saving lives.” 

Earlier this year Supervisors Fletcher and Joel Anderson after months of explorations with local experts, presented and received support for an Opioid Settlement Framework designed to provide guidance to the County for how to best leverage the settlement funds. 

Specifically, today’s update highlighted some of the items expected to soon be funded include public health messaging for harm reduction, naloxone distribution strategies, and plans for rapid response to overdose outbreaks. 

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