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Since 1999, more than 600,000 people in the United States and Canada have died of an opioid overdose. The pandemic has pushed the crisis to disturbing new heights.

The focus on who misuses drugs can be misunderstood and in fact, the rising tide of addiction and overdose deaths can be found everywhere.  KPIX 5 has spoken to grieving families from Silicon Valley to the wine country, Marin to Hillsborough, and the Tri-Valley.  No one is spared. Go to story.

According to a new CDC report, the U.S. has set a record for overdose deaths during the COVID pandemic. Nationally, there has been a 30% increase, while the state of California experienced a 45% increase. The tragedy of the situation is not just seen on city streets but also in suburbs, like in Contra Costa County. April Rovero from the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA) talks about how the pandemic has impacted youths and the larger Contra Costa community and the stigma that prevents people suffering from substance use disorder from seeking help. Go to story.

After Her Son’s Overdose Death, This Therapist is Educating Parents on Drug-Related Emojis

Dr. Laura Berman, a relationship therapist is warning parents of the dangers of social media in connection to her son’s overdose death. Berman’s son, Sammy, connected with a drug dealer on Snapchat and was sold Xanax or Percocet laced with fentanyl. He overdosed in his room while sheltering at home during the pandemic. Now, Dr. Laura Berman has taken to social media to educate parents on how teenagers use emojis to talk to one another about drugs.  Read more. 

 

 

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