Adriana Garcia training staff from nonprofits about opioids and naloxone. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.


San Benito Public Health Service gives Naloxone training to nonprofits

The nasal spray temporarily reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

The medication disposal kiosk at Icare Pharmacy. Photo by Noe Magaña.


San Benito County opioid deaths increased in 2021 

Prescriptions for painkillers in the county decreased to a 22-year low. 

Michelle Van de Mark holding a photograph of her son Nathan and herself. Photo by Juliana Luna.


Emergency responders say fentanyl overdoses increasing in San Benito County.

The drug, many times stronger than heroin, is being put into counterfeit prescription medications, says Sheriff Eric Taylor.

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News Release

Opioid overdoses on the Rise in San Benito County

Fentanyl is a very potent opioid drug—50 to 100 times stronger than morphine and exposure to even small amounts can cause overdose and death.

Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Hollister. File photo.


Opioid Task Force to host Feb. 8 town hall

San Benito County Public Health Services invites the community to meet health care providers and state government representatives to discuss the local opioid crisis.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.


Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital receives grant to treat opioid addiction in the ER

The new program enables the hospital’s emergency department to effectively treat anyone who is experiencing withdrawal from opioids or would like to stop taking them.

Hosts answer questions about opioids and tobacco during Jan. 22 event put on by San Benito County Behavioral Health. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

County Behavioral Health educates public on opioids and tobacco

Prevention task force highlights safe drug disposal, dangers of vaping.