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Leaders pledge millions to fight opioid crisis



San Diego County leaders and health officials are planning to spend millions of dollars to address the local opioid crisis.

During a news conference Friday at the county administration building, Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher and other county leaders announced there is money coming to address the issue.

Their goal for the money is to save lives and support those who are dealing with drug use and abuse. One local woman, who has been instrumental in testing drugs for people on the street and supplying users with resources, said she is glad to see the money.

The county says it had 1,000 opioid related deaths in 2021, a 16% increase from the year before.

Fletcher said, “We’ve got to stop blaming the individual who is addicted. We have got to start meeting them where they are, engaging them with compassion and love. And provide every possible treatment option we can.”

Some of the ideas that leaders discussed are drug disposal bags, more engagement and support services.

The two supervisors will bring the plan to the entire Board of Supervisors in October.

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