Over the past few years, the number of fentanyl deaths, especially among young people, in San Diego County have more than quadrupled, so it’s important to empower parents and youth with knowledge on the risks of opioid misuse.
To reach these important audiences, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office is partnering with the San Diego County Office of Education, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Nathan Fletcher, Natural High, and others to host SDNeeds2Know, the first San Diego Juvenile Opioid Summit Thursday, Dec. 16 from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Open to students middle and high school students countywide, the live-streamed assembly will include powerful testimonials from overdose survivors, a short play by peers, and inspiring messages from local leaders.
“We hope you can join us in this effort to engage young people in a vitally important conversation about the dangers of opioids, offer positive alternatives to drug abuse, and help build a united community,” said San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephen and County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold in a letter. “Together, we want to provide San Diego’s youth with the tools they need to thrive.”
One of the guest speakers includes Chris Herren, former NBA basketball player, who struggled with an opioid addiction and uses his story of recovery as a powerful connection to help those suffering from addiction. His presentation focuses largely on the social and emotional health of teens.
The event is free to attend, but registration by school is required.