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  • Prioritizing prevention during Child Abuse Awareness Month

    Anita Lightfoot, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 2, 2024

    In observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month, a beautiful pinwheel garden was on display during a press conference in the Waterfront Park, April 23. Four hundred pinwheels were placed in the lawn to represent the 400 investigations weekly of children in San Diego County who may be victims of child abuse and neglect. Approximately 15% of those investigations become active cases. Chairwoman Nora Vargas, Promises2Kids and the county’s Child and Family Well Being Department teamed up for the annual event to raise awareness abo...

  • County to make overdose reversal medication available to anyone

    Anita Lightfoot, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 26, 2021

    A COVID-19 related spike in overdose deaths in San Diego County has fueled a behavioral health crisis. In 2020, the county reported 457 fentanyl-related overdose deaths. This is a 202% increase in one year, from 151 recorded deaths in 2019. To help save lives, the county will begin offering nasal Naloxone to the general public at several community-based locations and clinics throughout the region. Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose and quickly restore normal respiration and alertness....