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Shining a Light on Opioid Addiction in Shasta County



Redding, CA. - On Thursday, September 12th there will be a FREE exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary “Written Off” at the Cascade Theater. The documentary examines the secret life of a user, challenging stigma and shame.

Following the screening, an expert panel will discuss opioid use in Shasta County, and explore barriers to reducing the number of addicts in Shasta County. 

More than 130 people die every day in America from opioid–related drug overdoses, according to the California Department of Public Health. In California, there were 19,808,224 prescriptions for opioids written last year. 186,352 prescriptions for opioids were written in Shasta County.

The top 3 California counties with babies born with opioid influence:
#3 - Humboldt 19.0 cases per 1,000 hospital births
#2 - Shasta 19.7 cases
#1 - Trinity 22.5 cases

Last year, the #1 age group for opioid deaths in Shasta County is 30-34 year olds, followed by 45-49 year old, but there were deaths ranging from 20 to 85+ years of age. 

WHERE

Cascade Theatre
1731 Market St
Redding, CA 96001

WHEN

Thursday, September 12, 2019
(Doors open at 5:30 p.m.) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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About Dignity Health North State
Mercy Medical Center Redding, St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, and Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta are Dignity Health North State hospitals sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of Auburn. The hospitals are passionate about patient care, committed to community outreach, advocates for the underserved, and dedicated to delivering quality, affordable health services to those in need.  In 2018, the Dignity Health North State Hospitals cared for more than 90,000 people and provided more than $21 million in community benefit to the region we serve.  The hospitals also offer a broad array of outpatient services and the senior services of Connected Living.  Visit www.mercy.org to learn more.

 

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