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Police: Soledad families facing losses due to opioid epidemic

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Soledad Police

SOLEDAD, Calif. (KION) Soledad police are sending a warning about the dangers of opioid use. "In the recent year we were dispatched to over 21 overdose cases here in our city," said Soledad Police Detective, Gustavo Gomez.

This month, two overdose cases ended in death. Both were under the age of 30. Gomez said the pills taken were likely laced with Fentanyl. This synthetic drugs is 80 to 100 times more powerful than Morphine. A small, two milligram dose can kill most people.

"We're all quarantined in our homes. That may be a factor. They want to try something new at home. It's also highly addictive," Gustavo.

Overdoses in Soledad are most commonly reported between ages 17 and 40.

Police are urging parents to tell their kids about the dangers of using drugs.

"I explain it to them because that's just the world we live in," said Soledad mother, Sandra Morales.

Morales has experienced the negative impact drugs can have. She said her kids' father suffers from addiction, but it's not something she's tried to hide.  "Explaining to them what drugs can do to you, will show them that they are not what they want," said Morales.

Police hope open conversation will help change more teens' attitude towards drug use.

"If anyone needs resources you can go to Sun Street Center or you can also come to the Soledad Police Department," said Morales.

Anyone with information about illegal drug distribution is asked to call 831-223-5159 or leave a tip here.

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Avery Johnson

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  1. Fentanyl, as it is distributed here in the US is made in China and smuggled into American by the cartels in Mexico. Until the US grows a pair, and deals with Mexico and China about this situation, nothing is going to slow down. There’s too much money in it and Americans are too hedonistic and soft-headed to avoid the opioid trap. Addicts profit by creating more addicts.

    I think what needs to be done is make selling fentanyl and other highly addictive drugs just so dangerous that it isn’t worth the money. Sentencing for non-user dealers should be extremely tough, with long periods of prison time, as in decades. Sentencing for addicted dealers just trying make enough to get well should also be lengthy but not as lengthy as non-users who are in it just for the money. Lightweight sentences and probation just don’t work. I’d also eliminate “negotiated pleas” for certain drug crimes. This would mean prosecuting drug dealers as drug dealers, and not allowing them to plead to anything else to avoid prison.

  2. I like your passion for getting results. However, getting tough and giving even lifetime sentences, did nothing to slow heroin, cocaine, etc. All it did was raise the price and create literal killers protecting their ‘businesses’.
    My own opinion, as unpopular as it may be, is to make it legal. And spend all the wasted enforcement money on advertising and educating. Yes, a bunch of people will die, but people will quickly see that the drug is too dangerous to mess with. If they don’t, well, making things even more illegal or severely punishable never works. Ever. We even tried it with alcohol. All it does it create more profit and more crime. Mob bosses do not care if underlings die or go to jail.

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