International Overdose Awareness Day in San Diego

On Monday, August 31, we commemorated 645 lives who died by accidental overdose in San Diego County last year. For International Overdose Awareness Day, a variety of County and other officials shared how these deaths did not need to happen and no one else has to die. These speakers, including a mother who lost her son to an overdose, spoke in front of the lawn of 645 placards.

Though International Overdose Awareness Day is over, there are ways you can help. If you or someone you know needs help, they can call the County’s Access and Crisis line at 888-724-7240 or call 2-1-1 San Diego to receive information on substance use disorder (SUD) treatment options available throughout the County. You can safely dispose of expired, unused, or unneeded prescription medications by taking them to a Take Back Day or to community safe disposal locations that are open daily. Visit the San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force (PDATF) website for information on disposal locations available throughout the County - Link to PDATF website. Additionally, we encourage you to view the San Diego Opioid Project here to learn more - link to San Diego Opioid Project. 

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Need a little break? Did you know there are live animal webcams that stream from places like the San Diego Zoo, Smithsonian’s National Zoo, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium?

Check out these links to find the different animal cams:

San Diego Zoo -

Smithsonian’s National Zoo -

Monterey Bay Aquarium -

Right now, there is a 7-day old Giant Panda cub and 4-month-old Cheetah cubs at the National Zoo. Another favorite live cam is the Ape cam from the San Diego Zoo.

Happy Friday!



Highlights of the Week

This week we found plenty of uplifting animal-related stories in the news and wanted to share.

  • See The World’s Youngest Gorilla Being Hugged By Mom Hours After Being Born - link here
  • When A Loving Brazilian Street Dog Kept Visiting A Car Dealership, They Finally Hired Him as a Salesman - link here
  • Lifelike Robotic Pets Bring Joy And Serenity To Seniors, Combatting Stress And Loneliness - link here
  • Most Americans With Cats Say They Couldn’t Have Gotten Through Lockdown Without Their Feline Friend - link here

Have a great weekend!


Voices of Hope Video Series

CCR and the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force recently created the first video of a new series called Voices of Hope. In this series, we provide a platform for people with lived experience to share their stories of recovery and hope. Various perspectives will be shared from community members, law enforcement, and family members.

In this video, former police officer Michael Koch describes his descent into opiate and heroin addiction and his new life in recovery.

Watch the video here:

If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance use disorder, know that recovery is possible. Call for information about residential and outpatient drug treatment programs at 1 (888) 724-7240 or 2-1-1.