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US Attorney’s Office, DEA and local law enforcement agencies team up for comprehensive opioid awareness presentations

The United States Attorney’s Office along with the Drug Enforcement Administration and law enforcement in San Luis and Yuma will offer comprehensive opioid awareness presentations for local communities.

The first presentation will be held in the San Luis High School Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 with the same presentation taking place in the Cibola High School Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Both events will be from 6-7:30 p.m. All Yuma County families are welcome.

“These presentations are another way of getting vital information to the students and families of Yuma County about a problem that impacts communities across the nation,” Yuma Union High School District Associate Superintendent Tim Brienza said.

The opioid epidemic is devastating communities throughout the nation, including throughout Arizona. The Center for Disease Control lists Arizona as one of the states with statistically significant increases in overdose deaths since 2016. In 2018, opioids caused 1,375 deaths in Arizona. So far in 2019, law enforcement agencies across Arizona have seized more than 300,000 counterfeit prescription pills. That is more than double what was seized in all of 2018. These seized pills contain the powerful opioids commonly responsible for overdose deaths.

“Prosecuting those who illegally distribute opioids in Arizona is a priority for the United States Attorney’s Office,” United States Attorney Michael Bailey said. “Our office will continue to work with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to clear dealers from our streets, deter future illegal distribution, and educate the public about the devastating consequences of opioid abuse.”

Throughout 2019, YUHSD has worked with first responders to provide information to families in Yuma County. San Luis Police Department conducted an hour-long presentation during a Parent-Teacher Organization meeting in January, which was followed by a community forum a month later. Yuma Police Department and Yuma Fire Department collaborated to present in high schools and middle schools around Yuma. Additionally, the district recently hosted a two-day Drug Impairment Training for Education Professionals, which informed staff members about how to recognize those under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

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Yuma Union High School District tendrá eventos en la próxima semana para crear mas conocimiento a la comunidad sobre los peligros del fentalino, opioides, y otras drogas. La primera presentación será el martes, octubre 29, en el auditorio de San Luis High School. La siguiente noche (octubre 30) se ara la misma presentación en el auditorio de Cibola High School. Ambos eventos serán de 6-7:30 p.m. y estarán abiertas para todas las familias del condado de Yuma.

Las presentaciones serán conducidas por un Fiscal de los Estados Unidos con asistencia de la DEA y de oficiales locales. A la conclusión de la presentación se aceptarán preguntas de el publico.

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org