INGLEWOOD (2UG) – Former Santa Monica police officer turned Inglewood Councilman Alex Padilla will host a Town Hall event on the dangers of fentanyl May 13.
“A lot of people’s lives are being impacted by fentanyl so I am hosting a meeting..seminar on fentanyl in conjunction with AADAP, Inglewood Police Department, and the Los Angeles County Public Health Department so you can come and get educated and understand the dangers of this drug,” said Padilla, during the May 2 city council meeting. “It’s just heartbreaking.”
According to the Public Health Department, in 2021 methamphetamine and fentanyl were the most common drug types listed as a cause of death in accidental drug overdose deaths in Los Angeles County (LAC), accounting for 56% and 55%, respectively, of all alcohol and other drug overdose deaths.
While methamphetamine is a significant contributor to accidental drug overdoses, there are also unique risks associated with one-time fentanyl exposure, and interventions such as naloxone are available to address fentanyl overdoses that do not exist for methamphetamine.
The event will be held at Rogers Park located at 400 W. Beach Ave. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Emilie St. John is a contributing writer for 2UrbanGirls.com and the Los Angeles Wave newspaper