August 18, 2023
Press Contact: Nate Allbee - 415.756.0561
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State Assembly’s Fentanyl Committee to hold hearing on Viejas Reservation to address rising fentanyl deaths in tribal communities
WHAT: The Fentanyl and Overdose Crisis: Impact on Tribal Communities
WHERE: Viejas Tribal Council, 5000 Willows Road, Alpine, CA 91901
WHEN: Friday, August 18, 2023 at 10:00 am
WHO: Assemblymembers Matt Haney, David Alvarez, Pilar Schiavo, and Jim Patterson
Chairman Christman from the Viejas Tribal Council
Kelly Martinez - Sheriff of San Diego County
Vice Chairman Nieto from the Tule River Tribe
Greg Greenberg - Chief Medical Officer for One Together Solutions
Assemblymember Matt Haney (D–San Francisco) chairs the Fentanyl, Opioid Addiction, and Overdose Prevention select committee and is holding a hearing that will focus on the impact of the fentanyl crisis on the Native American community. According to the CDC, American Indians and Alaska Natives had the highest drug overdose death rates in both 2020 and 2021, with a 33% increase in drug overdose deaths during that time. Tribal leadership, law enforcement, health care practitioners, as well as community members directly affected by the crisis will discuss barriers to treatment and efforts to combat fentanyl deaths.
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