Fentanyl Overdose Deaths Soar in LA County Over 5-Year Period

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LOS ANGELES—Overdose deaths attributed to the synthetic opioid fentanyl skyrocketed successful Los Angeles County implicit a five-year play ending successful 2021, with specified fatalities expanding by 1,280 percent, according to study released Nov. 29 by the region Department of Public Health.

Meanwhile, the LA County District Attorney’s Office and the wellness department, successful a associated statement, announced Tuesday the instauration of a moving radical that volition code the fentanyl situation “through prevention, education, and enforcement.”

The wellness section study recovered that determination were 109 deaths attributed to fentanyl overdose successful the region successful 2016—but that fig ballooned to 1,504 successful 2021. Between 2016 and 2020, visits to infirmary exigency rooms owed to fentanyl overdoses accrued by 308 percent, going from 133 to 542.

Epoch Times Photo Los Angeles County fentanyl overdose deaths from 2010 to 2021, according to a County of Los Angeles Public Health report. (Sophie Li/The Epoch Times)

While achromatic residents accounted for the astir overdose deaths past year, Black residents had the highest complaint of deaths based connected the population, astatine 30.6 per 100,000 residents. The complaint of achromatic residents dying from fentanyl overdoses was 22.5 per 100,000 residents, portion Latino residents had a complaint of 11.1 per 100,000 residents.

Fentanyl overdose deaths besides occurred astatine a overmuch higher complaint successful little affluent areas—38.4 per 100,000 residents—than successful much affluent areas, astatine 12.3 per 100,000 residents.

“Fentanyl overdoses are a important and increasing nationalist wellness occupation crossed the United States and successful [the county], crossed sociodemographic groups and geographic areas,” according to the report.

“The increases among younker and the widening inequities betwixt under-resourced and much affluent groups underscore the request to people prevention efforts to those astatine highest hazard to alteration fentanyl overdoses and beforehand wellness equity successful [LA County],” according to the report.

Epoch Times Photo Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon speaks astatine a property league successful Los Angeles connected Dec. 8, 2021. (Robyn Beck/Getty Images)

In announcing his office’s concern with the wellness section connected the moving radical to code the crisis, LA County District Attorney George Gascón called the proliferation of fentanyl-related deaths “one of the gravest challenges of our times.”

“We are bringing unneurotic the county’s nationalist wellness experts, acquisition leaders, assemblage advocates, and instrumentality enforcement professionals to enactment and utilize evidence-based and effectual approaches to stopping the toll fentanyl is taking,” Gascón said successful a statement.

“This multi-faceted attack is indispensable due to the fact that if the failed ‘War connected Drugs’ of the ’90s has taught america 1 thing, it is that we cannot incarcerate our mode retired of a nationalist wellness issue,

“Enforcement is not enough. Saving lives is the precedence erstwhile addressing substance maltreatment and illicit cause use, arsenic lone the surviving person the accidental to recover,” helium said.

Epoch Times Photo A US Customs and Border Protection canine squad checks automobiles for contraband successful the enactment to participate the United States astatine the San Ysidro Port of Entry successful San Ysidro, Calif., connected Oct. 2, 2019. (Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images)

Joining the DA’s Office and the wellness section successful the moving radical volition beryllium the Los Angeles Police Department,  the LA County Office of Education, the LA Unified School District, the LA School Police Department, the LA County Police Chiefs Association, the Drug Policy Alliance and schoolhouse districts passim the county, the territory lawyer and wellness section said successful their associated statement.

“As our information indicates, the tragedies resulting from fentanyl are indiscriminately impacting each populations careless of age, race, ethnicity, oregon socioeconomic status,” region Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.

“Fentanyl’s scope is unluckily broad, calling for a likewise wide attack to code the crisis. I americium grateful for this accidental to enactment successful collaboration with radical from galore antithetic sectors to code this important nationalist wellness issue,” Ferrer said.

City News Service