Laguna Niguel-opioid epidemic

The Laguna Niguel City Council tonight will discuss what it can do to combat the opioid epidemic.

City Manager Kristine Ridge says the opioid epidemic continues to plague the country as the current estimation of daily opioid related deaths stands at 130. And in Laguna Niguel last year, there were five opioid related overdose deaths.

She says staff will update the Council on its plans to increase the marketing of the existing drug disposal receptacle in Police Services and the two annual drug take back events at the Sea Country and Senior Community Center.

And also, staff recommends the city participate in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Saturday National Prescription Drug Take Back Days next year.

Tonight’s City Council meeting begins at seven.

Dawn Kamber