New Report Reveals Over 200 San Diego County Inmates Overdosed During Their Stay In 2022

pexels-anna-shvets-3683118SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (May 18, 2024) – A new report reveals that over 200 inmates overdosed in San Diego County in 2022.

The sharp surge in inmate overdoses has led to several deaths and a number of lawsuits. In particular, a number of inmates have overdosed on fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid and is estimated to be 100 times more potent than morphine. Jails have considered a number of new measures in order to prevent inmate deaths.

This includes screening all deputies for contraband before they enter the prison system. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For San Diego County Inmate Overdose Deaths

Drug overdoses remain a leading cause of inmate death in California and across the United States. According to National Public Radio, “From 2001 to 2018, the number of people who have died of drug or alcohol intoxication in state prisons rose more than 600%, according to an analysis of newly-released data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.” There are a number of different substances that can contribute to an inmate overdose.

  • Inhalants
  • Depressants
  • Alcohol
  • Methamphetamine
  • Fentanyl
  • Prescription medications

Depending on the facts of any case, a jail or private healthcare provider could be liable for an overdose death. For example, medical officials within a jail may have given an inmate too much medication and caused an overdose. Jail officials may also have failed to give an inmate adequate care if they were going through an overdose. Jails should take a number of measures in order to prevent inmate deaths.

  • Inmates should get a thorough health screening when they are first admitted.
  • Jails should do everything in their power to prevent illicit drugs from being smuggled in.
  • Jails should be stocked with Narcan, which can be used to reverse the effects of an overdose.

Inmate overdose deaths are often highly preventable. The facts of the matter are that San Diego County and Los Angeles County have an incredibly poor track record in terms of keeping drugs out. But that’s only part of the problem. Jails have also done a poor job of recognizing the signs that an inmate is going through an overdose. The family of any inmate who died in jail may have legal recourse through a civil claim.


Getting Legal Help After San Diego County Inmate Overdoses

We at the Sehat Law Firm were deeply concerned to learn about the sheer scope of the drug problem in San Diego County jails. There needs to be some accountability before more inmates die in custody. State officials need to do their part and implement greater oversight.

Have you or someone that you care about been harmed while staying at a San Diego County jail? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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