Opioid, methamphetamine epidemic in Kern County

EPIDEMIC BUT ALSO METHAMPHETAMINE ADDICTIONS ARE NUMBER ONE

US NATIONAL POISON DATA SYSTEM RECORDS SHOW THAT EVERY MINUTE THREE AMERICANS CALL THE POISON CONTROL CENTER BECAUSE THEY MADE A MEDICATION ERROR

FOUR OUT OF 10 MISTAKES INVOLVED PAINKILLERS, HORMONE THERAPY PRESCRIPTIONS OR HEART MEDICATION HOWEVER, IN KERN COUNTY THERE IS A BIGGER CASE OF METHAMPHETAMINE ADDICTION OVER OPIOIDS "THE OPIOID ADDICTION PROBLEM IS CERTAINLY STILL AN EPIDEMIC HERE IN KERN COUNTY HOWEVER IT IS NOT TO THE LEVEL THAT IT IS IN THE EAST COAST WHAT WE SEE PRIMARILY HERE IS WE HAVE A HIGHER RATE OF ISSUES WITH METHAMPHETAMINE THAN WE DO WITH THE OPIOID PROBLEM" ACCORDING TO THE KERN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES METH IS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE IN KERN COUNTY

" METH IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE IT IS ALSO QUITE INEXPENSIVE WHEREAS PILLS AND HEROINE AND STUFF IS MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE SO WE DON'T GENERALLY SEE THAT" THE EPIDEMIC IS BEING ADDRESSED THROUGH THE DRUG MEDI-CAL WAIVER AS WELL AS AN EXPANSION OF ADOLECENT SERVICES " WE HAVE A NUMBER OF INITIATIVES AND PROJECTS, ONE BEING KERN STOP METH NOW HAS WORKED WITH PROVIDING PRESCRIPTION DROP BOXES IN ALL CORNERS OF KERN COUNTY, THERE WILL BE 10 PLACED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY THIS FALL" AS FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS NOT YET DECLARED A NATIONAL EMERGENCY BUT THE ADMINISTATION IS CONTINUING TO WORK ON THIS CRISIS

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