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CIVIC: Plight of Maya Struggling with Addiction in SF

This episode: The impact of the COVID 19 pandemic led to a rise in fatal overdoses among the tens of thousands of Indigenous Maya living in the Bay area. That alarmed Latinx advocates and officials at the Mexican consulate in San Francisco. Indigenous Latin Americans are categorized as Latinx even though many speak limited Spanish. That means vital information, like drug awareness campaigns and the dangers of fentanyl, may not be reaching the Maya-speaking community. And service providers say culturally-sensitive treatment programs are crucial for healing but are nearly non-existent for the Indigenous population. We discuss the push for change in San Francisco with advocates and health professionals. Based on Sylvie Sturm's reporting for San Francisco Public Press.

Civic is the flagship radio program and podcast from the San Francisco Public Press.
It engages listeners with civic life by approaching San Francisco’s inner workings from the standpoint of curious stakeholders — whether they are residents, workers, visitors or otherwise connected to the city. It asks smart questions and takes an investigative approach to the stories people might wish were in the news more often. Civic aims to inspire and empower listeners to become involved in making sure their city works for them.

The program is produced by Liana Wilcox, with reporter Sylvie Sturm, and Mel Baker, producer and contributor.