Published on March 08, 2022

The fentanyl epidemic viewed through different lenses

Pills spilling out of a prescription bottle

The fentanyl epidemic has been the cause of increased deaths and drug overdoses in Monterey County. Dr. Casey Grover, Emergency department doctor at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, and the leader of Prescribe Safe, along with other local experts, joined KSQD Community Radio for an informative discussion on the problem, and what they are doing to help prevent future cases.

During the roundtable discussion, each guest provides a unique view of the fentanyl epidemic, as seen through a different lens.

Listen to radio discussion

Previously, overdoses were most often in people who had a substance abuse disorder, who had an addiction…What we are seeing now, is because of the incredible potency of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, we are seeing people have either fatal or near fatal overdoses on their first time using. In the emergency department we take care of the overdoses. Thank goodness we do have an anecdote to opiate overdose, which is called naloxone, some people know it as Narcan.

—Dr. Casey Grover, Emergency department doctor at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, and leader of Prescribe Safe

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