Surgeon General visits San Diego, addresses opioid crisis

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The U.S. Surgeon General, the nation’s top medical authority, was in San Diego today to talk about ways to fight the opioid crisis.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams was one of the speakers at a regional summit where hundreds of experts gathered to find ways to combat the epidemic.

The Western States Opioid Summit, held at the Westin San Diego, brought together leading experts that are working to combat drug use through substance misuse prevention, treatment, research, health, policy, law enforcement, and the justice system.

Adams delivered a presentation that also included his family’s story dealing with drug abuse. Tackling the nation’s opioid crisis has been one of Adams’ top priorities as surgeon general.

Data shows that 279 people in San Diego County have died from opioid use in 2018. Of those nearly 300 deaths, 92 are from drugs laced with fentanyl.

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