Kern County’s Opioid Users Lack Access To Much Needed Treatment - Valley Public Radio

Valley Public Radio

January 24th 2019

This story is the first in a series of reports called In Recovery, about opioid addiction and treatment in the San Joaquin Valley. It was reported with the support of a 2018 Data Fellowship from the USC Center For Health Journalism.

The sun is fading on a Wednesday night and people are trickling quietly into an office behind an unassuming parking lot in Northern Bakersfield. Inside, bright yellow chairs and plastic flamingoes lean against turquoise walls and Tom Petty’s on the radio. A chipper administrative assistant named Mary Lora greets people as they walk through the door.

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Gillian Jabes