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September 30, 2022

Sun Street Centers hosts symposium to discuss rising overdoses

SALINAS VALLEY — More than 200 community members attended last month’s Overdose Awareness Symposium 2022, hosted by Sun Street Centers to bring attention to the uptick in drug-related overdoses.

Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez was master of ceremonies for the countywide event, held Aug. 31 at the Salinas Sports Complex in Salinas.

The evening featured speakers from healthcare, law enforcement and treatment providers, as well as families who have been devastated by overdose.

“(We) especially want to thank those that spoke from personal experience. It moved us all to do even more to combat addiction and support recovery,” Sun Street Centers posted on social media afterward. “The fentanyl poisonings are increasing in our community and we NEED an inpatient program for our youth, locally.”

South Monterey County was represented by King City Police Chief Keith Boyd and officers from Soledad Police Department, in addition to Lopez, whose district covers the area.

“Our hats off to Sun Street Centers and their Overdose Awareness Symposium 2022,” Soledad Police said in a Facebook post. “We were honored to attend this great event. We heard first hand stories of loss, recovery and success. You truly make a difference in our communities and we are grateful!”

Overdose Awareness Symposium 2022 featured speakers from healthcare, law enforcement and treatment providers, as well as families who have been devastated by overdose. (Contributed)
More than 200 community members attended the Overdose Awareness Symposium 2022 on Aug. 31. (Contributed)
Sun Street Centers offers resources at the Overdose Awareness Symposium 2022. (Contributed)
Monterey County Probation hosts a booth at the Overdose Awareness Symposium 2022. (Contributed)
Drs. Close and Grover present health information during the Overdose Awareness Symposium 2022. (Contributed)
Officers from Soledad Police Department join Monterey County Supervisor Chris Lopez (middle) at the Overdose Awareness Symposium 2022. (Contributed)
Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.
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