Tuesday, August 27th
Sept 3, 2019; Members Only Breakfast Meeting; 7:00 am SDYC
Sept 10, 2019; Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am SDYC; Speaker to be announced
Sept 16, 2019; Board Meeting, 5:00 pm SDYC, Steak Fry, 6:00 pm, SDYC
Sept 24, 2019; Breakfast Meeting, 7:00 am SDYC, Speaker to be announced
Sept 30, 2019: 65th Annual Installation Dinner; 6:00 pm at Bali Hai, $20pp
“Do you know the #1 cause of death in the United States, for adults under the age of 50?” asked William (Bill) Perno, a retired San Diego County Deputy Sheriff and Community Organizer for Social Advocates for Youth (SAY). “Drug overdose. Drug overdoses are killing approximately 192 people per day and the majority of those deaths are caused by Opioid overdoses. That is one lethal drug overdose every 7 1/2 minutes!” Bill Perno is also the Alcohol and Drug Prevention Specialist for SAY. SAY San Diego is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the whole child, whole family and whole community. Their goal is to provide healthier and safer communities. Established in 1971, SAY touches the lives of more than 50,000 individuals annually. SAY works with school districts, county health services, law enforcement, foster care and juvenile detention facilities. For more information on SAY and their programs, please visit their website HERE.
Bill Perno was visiting with the Optimist Club this morning to share some startling facts about the synthetic Opioid crisis. Mexican drug cartels are the leading source of synthetic Opioids. “Follow the money,” Bill told us. “One kilogram of Fentanyl costs the drug cartels $32,000. It is regularly available from foreign chemical manufacturers. One kilogram of Fentanyl will make one million pressed pills. Each pill sells for $20 or more. Making that kilogram of drugs worth $20 million in pills. Follow the money.” Readily available on the internet are press pill machines and fake die stamps. So with $1,000 investment in equipment and $32,000 for the kilogram of Fentanyl, you can create $20 million in profit.
Fentanyl is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin. It is 100 times stronger than morphine. But with a little different process in the lab, you can create Carfentanil, a synthetic Opioid that is 10,000 times stronger than morphine. On average, 50 mg of heroin will cause a fatal overdose, and 1 to 2 mg of Fentanyl can cause a fatal overdose. While only 20 micrograms of Carfentanil can be fatal. Your are playing Russian Roulette every time you take a pill laced with Carfentanil or even Fentanyl, because the cutting or mixing process of making the pressed pills is so imprecise, there is no way of knowing how much of the synthetic Opioid you are ingesting. Fentanyl has been added to many drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, counterfeit pain medications, “spice” (synthetic cannabinoids), counterfeit Xanax, Ritalin and Adderall pills, MDMA (Ecstasy) and others.
Bill shares these facts with anyone who will listen. He has given more than 350 presentations to community groups, school districts, students, teachers, parents, health care providers and policy makers. He also provides synthetic drug training to law enforcement agencies and organizations throughout California and many other states. “Please, manage the safety and security of your prescription drugs. Do not share prescription drugs. Do not take a prescription drug if you do not know for certain that the source is from an actual pharmacy. The counterfeit pills with Fentanyl can look like a pharmaceutical drug. If you are finished with your prescription drugs and have pills left over, take them back. The DEA organizes regular drop off days for left over prescription drugs. The police and sheriff stations have safe drop off boxes. Do not leave them around your home.” Bill also told us about Narcan, the Opioid reversal medication, available at local pharmacies. “This is a special treatment for an overdosing individual. It is good for 90 minutes. So make sure the individual gets medical treatment after the administering of Narcan, because the effects do wear off.”
Well Bill, I can tell you that your presentation will not be wearing off on any of us! Thank you for a terrifying look at today’s biggest killer and arming us with enough information to alert our friends and neighbors to the grave dangers we all face. And, thank you to SAY for taking this message to our youth and their families. The Point Loma Optimist Club joins with SAY to serve and protect our local youth.