Placer and Nevada Counties See Uptick in Overdose Deaths
The proliferation of counterfeit pills containing dangerous levels of fentanyl has resulted in an increase of fatal overdoses in Placer and Nevada counties, authorities say. It's a reminder that parts of California continue to be ravaged by another epidemic – the epidemic of opioid addiction.
Ten people have already died from fentanyl in Nevada County this year. That’s 10 more than died in 2019.
Experts say the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated an already precarious situation in the Greater Sacramento area.
“We had a substance use disorder epidemic. Then we layered on a pandemic. And people feel disconnected,” said Ariel Lovett, CEO of Granite Wellness Centers (KCRA). “As we all know, there are high rates of poverty, unemployment, stress. And we see that manifesting in increased anxiety disorders, increased substance use disorders and other mental health issues.”