Senator McGuire, Supervisor Bass Hosting Opioid Town Hall Next Week in Eureka

This is a press release from Senator Mike McGuire:

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Eureka, CA – Last November, Senator Mike McGuire and Humboldt County Supervisor Virginia Bass brought the community together for a collaborative conversation about the opioid crisis at home and across the state to kick off the discussion that would advance potential solutions on the North Coast.The opioid crisis has hit California hard, and in Humboldt County the impact is even more devastating — the county has the second highest rate of opioid overdoses in the state per capita.“When we last met in November, neighbors, community and healthcare leaders advanced their concerns and initial solutions related to the opioid crisis,” Senator McGuire said. “Now, as promised, Supervisor Bass and I are bringing local and statewide leaders back together to hear about the progress that is being made with this ongoing crisis and update the community on the issues they advanced last fall.”

Senator McGuire and Supervisor Bass will be hosting statewide experts, health professionals, local leaders and addiction specialists at the community-wide meeting and both Humboldt County and the City of Eureka will discuss strategies being implemented at the local level with progress reports from North Coast treatment providers including Open Door Community Health Center, Aegis Treatment and Waterfront Recovery Center. We will also hear about harm reduction efforts including needle exchange and syringe management programs being implemented at the county and city level as well as receiving a report from the California Department of AIDS on statewide efforts in harm reduction.

“Our community is working hard to address the opioid epidemic at every level, and I am grateful to be working with Senator McGuire to bring the community back together to discuss the progress that’s being made and the hurdles we all still have to overcome,” Supervisor Bass said.

Town Hall details:

WHAT: Town Hall on the Opioid Crisis on the North Coast: Coming back together for solutions

WHEN: Thursday, March 29, 2018 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sequoia Conference Center, located at the Humboldt County Office of Education, 901 Myrtle Avenue

WATCH LIVE: The Town Hall will be livestreamed at http://sd02.senate.ca.gov

According to state statistics: The opioid overdose rate for the state in 2016 was 4.6 per 100,000 residents. The Humboldt County rate was nearly five times higher at 22.35 per 100,000.

More information, including a list of panelists will be released next week.

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5 comments

  • Trillium Hummingbird

    When do we start worrying about all those kids and millenials who are on Ritalin, Adderall, Vyvanase etc… A couple generations of speed freak over-acheivers can’t be good, and I can’t believe they all have a medical condition!

    Making a witch-hunt of Opioids seems like a way to occupy out angst about modern life, but it avoids the concept that humans in general seem to want to over-medicate every symptom, and yes, that’s you, medical cannabis, that I am arraigning!

    When I see the videos about “how to make oil from shake” that have been posted by persons “needing it so they will have medicine for next week”, wow, I feel that we are on the wrong path, and blaming the wrong “victims”…

    Please get out of the area occupied by physicians and patients! People are weak, and medical care is mostly a big scam anyway! Be your own advocate! Use “medication” sparingly, and beware of ineffective and unnecessary over-dosing designed to keep you in the waiting room and paying for some doctor’s new BMW!

    • Don’t forget about the psych meds that led to suicide and violent actions , too many drug users

      • maybe self medication could be at fault, ive taken so many drugs now that I’m a medical doctor. no college, university of hard knox on the cold wet streets. need advice I will be glad to help you. plus no bill, cant beat that!

  • The issue du jure. I hope but am not optimistic that provision is made for people in serious pain. They should not have to pay in pain for the idiocy of those who abuse drugs. Spoken as one who does not take these meds but has sympathy for those for whom it is their only relief.

    • I can tell by experience that it has affected those who need the medication for
      chronic pain. My husband gets his meds cut every month even tho his condition
      has not improved.

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