“Meth has taken control of a large swath of Fresno County,” CNN reported Tuesday.
“There were more meth overdose deaths in Fresno County in 2020 than those of any other kind of drug, according to the coroner’s unit.”
CNN reporter Kyung Lah went on a graveyard shift ride-along with Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Burk for an inside look at what it’s like to patrol Fresno County with methamphetamine readily available and devastating lives.
“Methamphetamine is destroying the community. It’s fueling nothing but crimes,” Burk said.
Drug Overdoses Climb Sharply in 2020
According to the coroner’s office, there were 184 single-drug overdoses last year — 121 of them from meth — in Fresno County.
Methamphetamine also contributed to nearly half of the 56 overdose deaths from combinations of drugs.
In total, the county had 254 drug overdoses in 2020 after seeing less than half that number in 2018 and 164 in 2019.
Meth use and overdoses have surged throughout the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to CNN.
Watch: CNN Rides Along With Deputy in Fresno’s ‘Meth Hell’