Submission

Team

Increased Fentanyl Related Deaths
Title

Increased Fentanyl Related Deaths

Summary

Throughout Stanislaus County there has been an uptick in fentanyl related deaths in the recent years.

Team Information
Team
Category
Health & Well-Being

About the Problem

Problem Category

Health & Well-Being

Problem Context

Recently there is a large uptick in fentanyl poisoning deaths in Modesto and surrounding cities.

How did you identify this problem?

We found this problem on the Modesto Bee. There are two articles relating to it - https://www.modbee.com/news/local/crime/article266804801.html and https://www.modbee.com/living/health-fitness/article266972276.html

Problem Details

Who are those affected by this problem?

People with addictive personalities and their families. People who are prescribed fentanyl and get hooked. People who look to score a high and buy laced fentanyl.

How often does this problem occur?

So far this year there's been about 75 deaths in the Stanislaus County from fentanyl alone which means it's been about 1 every 3 or 4 days.

How long has the problem been going on?

The problem's size has been growing since 2020 when a a noticeable increase in fentanyl related deaths occurred, 16 in 2019 to 60 in 2020.

Is the problem disrupting the community? How?

Not necessarily because fentanyl doesn't reach the entire community so the community as a whole is oblivious to all the deaths.

Is the issue perceived as a problem by the community at large?

No it's not because as previously stated they're not reached by fentanyl so they don't see it happening.

Is the problem limited to certain geographic areas?

No, it reaches every area, even other counties and states. The sellers sell the drugs online which allows them to reach pretty much anyone they want.

Who are the Stakeholders, those wanting this problem to be fixed?

The families of the people who died to fentanyl, the DA, the police, doctors, nurses, and every day citizens who don't want to see people in their community die.

Addressing the Problem

Are you aware of any solutions, approaches, or efforts to tackle this problem?

The DA is currently making an effort to try to stop the spread and selling of the bad fentanyl.

What are the obstacles you are aware of to address the problem?

The fact that the drug dealers are anonymous and the people taking it get addicted.

What are the success criteria that could be defined to address this problem?

Getting the number of fentanyl deaths lower then it was before the outbreak, so below 15 deaths.