Aly: Orange County Can Afford to Responsibly Treat Inmates’ Opioid Addiction

Orange County resident and public interest attorney Mohammed Aly writes about the local campaign to implement best medical practices for treating opioid addiction in the Orange County Jail. Orange County loses hundreds of lives each year to the opioid crisis. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the most effective medical response, using a combination and drugs and therapy to treat opioid addiction and deter relapse. By local policy, however, only pregnant inmates can access MAT upon booking in jail. Barring adequate opioid treatment for inmates exacerbates the health crisis and violates federal law. Funding MAT access would save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in hospitalization and law enforcement costs. For these reasons, advocates are calling for the Board of Supervisors to implement MAT access in the Orange County Jail.

Sanchez: A Balanced Voice to Serve the Public

Loretta Sanchez served two decades in Congress and is a candidate for Third District Supervisor. Sanchez writes that her government affairs expertise provides the needed skills to tackle tough problems on behalf of the people of Orange County.

Murray: Community Above Politics

Kris Murray, former Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem and City Councilwoman is a Candidate for County Supervisor, District 3.
Murray writes that her record and experience with the homeless crisis, public administration and fire safety will help if she becomes the new supervisor.