EL PASO, Texas -- The opioid addiction crisis has been affecting the nation for years and El Paso is not immune.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, El Paso County had 222 emergency department visits that were opioid-related in 2017.
That same year, 50 people in the county died of opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Now, local law enforcement and agencies are teaming up to hopefully prevent more deaths due to overdose.
Local law enforcement and agencies will be collaborating to introduce another way of preventing opioid overdose deaths through the use of the Deterra Prescription Medication Disposal Bags.
Through this new partnership, the El Paso Fire Department stations will be offering free Deterra disposal bags. By providing these bags, this initiative is addressing the opioid epidemic that is impacting our country and community.