Barstow is a well-developed, well planned out city in San Bernardino County, in the state of California, in the United States of America. The population was 22,639 at the 2010 census as reported by the United States Census Bureau. Barstow is located just a mere 55 miles north of the city of San Bernardino.

Barstow is a major transportation center for the Inland Empire and it has built itself up with transportation as a foundation. Several major highways including Interstate 15, Interstate 40, California State Route 58, and U.S. Route 66 all converge in the city.  For that reason, there is an incredibly high amount of traffic and shipping that goes through Barstow.

In addition to the roadways, Barstow is also the site of a large rail classification yard, belonging to the BNSF Railway. The Union Pacific Railroad also runs through town using trackage rights on BNSF’s main line to Daggett 10 miles east, from where it heads to Salt Lake City and the BNSF heads to Chicago. The combination of the trains and the roadways makes this small city a major transpiration and relay hub for that whole sector of California.

Barstow is conveniently placed about 62 miles from Baker, California and 111 miles from Primm, Nevada. Barstow is almost exactly midway between Los Angeles, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.  Barstow is also home to Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow and is the closest city to the Fort Irwin National Training Center too, which also adds to the local economic success of the city.

Barstow isn’t just a major travel center and economic presence though.  It is also highly cultured and aesthetic city.  Barstow has a series of murals along Main Street, depicting scenes from the city’s history. These murals were created by Main Street Murals, a local non-profit organization, and they have been preserved for years.  Furthermore, Barstow Community College has a $22 million Performing Arts Center which hosts college theatre and music performances, and traveling professional performances too.

Barstow also is known for its sports parks.  For example, the Barstow Skate Park is a 12,000 square-foot skate park, and the Robert A. Sessions Memorial Sportspark has six lighted ball fields, three soccer fields, volleyball courts, batting cages and basketball courts.

All in all, this is a very diverse and very well rounded city.  It has a lot to offer to a lot of different people and the population of the city has begun to grow rather rapidly in recent years as the city rely began to take a place on the map.

Addiction Sets In

If there is one thing that is incredible reliable and predictable in the United States it is that whenever a city starts to do really well from an economic perspective and whenever a city starts to have a significantly growing economy then it is guaranteed that drug trafficking and dealing will begin to set in in that area too.  What happens is that drug criminals and traffickers are attracted to places that have high economic success, and the end result is that they move in and set up show and try to start getting the local populace hooked on drugs.  They usually start with the young adults, and then they work their way up from there.

This is exactly what has happened in Barstow, but Barstow is by no means the only city that has experienced this epidemic.  True enough, these are issues that are also occurring all across the country too.  For example:

• According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s, (SAMHSA’s), National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009, (9.3 percent of persons aged 12 or older).

• Of these, only 2.6 million, (11.2 percent of those who needed treatment), received it at a specialty facility.

• SAMHSA also reports characteristics of admissions and discharges from substance abuse treatment facilities in its Treatment Episode Data Set, (TEDS). According to TEDS, there were 1.8 million admissions in 2008 for treatment of alcohol and drug abuse to facilities that report to State administrative data systems.

• Most treatment admissions, (41.4 percent), involved alcohol abuse. Heroin and other opiates accounted for the largest percentage of drug-related admissions, (20.0 percent), followed by marijuana, (17.0 percent).

Using Rehab to Free Barstow

Now more than ever does the city of Barstow need to rehabilitate those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol there.  This is a concerning and very serious issue and it will only get worse long before it gets any better.  The truth is, once someone becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol it is next to impossible for them to beat the habit anytime soon.  In fact, the odds are that without professional help he or she will always be addicted to drugs and alcohol for the rest of his or her life if nothing is done to intervene on the situation.  This is where rehabilitation steps in.

If the residents of Barstow can get their addicted fellow residents into rehab centers then it is very likely that the city will be able to make some serious recovery and some positive progress and gains.  This is the best chance that Barstow residents have at eradicating addiction in their city.  This needs to be done quickly too, as once addiction sets in, in a given area it begin to spreads and it spreads rapidly too.  The situation really does tend to get out of hand in these situations.

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