Orange Co. seeks to combat heroin epidemic with education, treatment

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Amid a heroin epidemic in Orange County, officials say they are working hard to combat addiction with education and treatment.

Six individuals are suspected to have overdosed on opioids in Orange County in the last week alone, officials say.

“We need to acknowledge that nine out of 10 people who struggle with addiction never reach out for help,” said Darcie Miller, the Orange County mental health commissioner. “Our focus is to get to those nine of 10 people, to put the messages out through education.”

A list of addiction support services available through the county is available online.

The district attorney's office says the community is working to stop the drug supply from coming into the county and being sold on the streets.

The Orange County Mental Health Association can be reached at 1-800 832-1200.

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