In November 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared prescription drug abuse to be a nationwide epidemic. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental deaths, surpassing deaths due to motor vehicle accidents.
The Kern Valley Hospital Foundation in partnership with the Kern Valley Healthcare District petitioned for and obtained a grant from Kaiser Permanente group, to help bring awareness and provide education to our local community. This program, known as the “CSI: Momentum” project, will be visiting the providers in the community, seniors, parents and partnering with our local schools through assemblies, health fairs, etc. This campaign will address a very serious and life-threatening epidemic in our local community.