Scott Silverman, Confidential Recovery CEO and Community Advocate for Substance Use Recovery recently completed a very in-depth interview with Mary Mulvihill, Ph.D for The San Diego Psychologist website.
Scott Silverman discusses his work in the community and his concerns about substance abuse and how it affects the populace of San Diego at large.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
The big three substance use issues impacting San Diego currently are:
Methamphetamine (meth) use: Local consumption of this highly destructive drug is at a 10-year high.
Fentanyl from China, often disguised as OxyContin, along with other new synthetic drugs which are extremely dangerous, as we have no idea what is really in them. If effective at inducing a “high,” substance users tend to take more, hence putting themselves at high risk for dying from these drugs. Many of the substance-use fatalities are reported by medical examiners or morgues , rather than a medical facility, indicating sudden death. We may lose many more people to synthetic, possibly contaminated, drugs unless we get a grip on this quickly.
Easier access to cannabis or unused prescription opiates: 264 million prescriptions for opiates were written last year, and many of them cannot be tracked down. With legalization of cannabis, we are seeing more kids overdosing, particularly with edibles. And then, there is the new issue of driving while high, which is hard to measure and control.
Read the full article here.