About the City of Merced: The City and the Area in Review and in Summary
Merced is a well-known and popular city in, and the county seat of, Merced County in the San Joaquin Valley of infamous and beautiful Northern California. As of the year of 2014, the city had a population of 81,743. Incorporated as it was on April 1, 1889, Merced is a charter city that operates under a council-manager government. The city is of course named after the Merced River, which flows nearby to the city limits.
Merced, known to many as the "Gateway to Yosemite," is less than two hours by automobile from Yosemite National Park to the east and Monterey Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and several beaches to the west. The city is actually very ideally positioned. The community is served by the rail passenger service Amtrak, a major airline through Merced Regional Airport, and three bus lines. It is approximately 110 miles from Sacramento, 130 miles from San Francisco, 45 miles from Fresno, and 270 miles from Los Angeles. The city is quite ideal for settling down and starting a family which is what many of those who live there have done exactly.
To add to its popularity, in the year 2005, the city became home to the tenth University of California campus, University of California, Merced (UCM), the first research university built in the U.S. in the 21st century.
Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse on the Rise in Merced, California
Sadly but with much truth, drug addiction and substance abuse has been very much so on the rise in a very big way in the city of Merced. This is a city that actually is very new to this issue, and it is still essentially very, very young and is still trying to develop itself. The city had had little to no experience with drug addiction and substance abuse in the past, and now the issue has only gotten much, much worse. Because of the lack of experience, many who were addicted did not know what to do about it. The city was having a hard time dealing with just a little bit of substance abuse just five years ago, and now there has cropped up a veritable epidemic of addiction in the once peaceful and quiet town.
The issue here of course has been particularly with alcohol, prescription drugs, and cocaine. In particular, the issue has also almost exclusively been with young adults. It is feared that, if something is not done soon to correct it, then the issue will only get much, much, much worse to the point where the city is on the verge of experiencing a full on addiction crisis and epidemic for all involved.
Facts and Statistics: Some Good Data on Drug Abuse in the United States in General
To better understand not only the crisis that Merced faces, but also the crisis of the entire nations, some facts and statistics have been included below draw reference to the issue as it really stands:
• Alcohol is a factor in 40% of all academic problems in the United States, making the U.S. the number one country in the world for having alcohol abuse affect local academic achievement. Alcohol is a factor in 28% of college dropouts.
• Students with GPAs of D or F drink three times as much as those who earn A’s. The United States is not even in the top twenty world countries for academic excellence, but if alcohol was removed from colleges than the U.S. would jump to the top ten easily.
• Each year, United States’ college students alone spend at least $5.5 billion on alcohol. This is more than they spend on books, soda, coffee, juice, and milk combined! Obviously, drinking is way, way, way out of control in U.S. colleges. For example, on a typical campus, the average amount a student spends on alcohol is over five-hundred dollars per year.
• Marijuana has gotten a lot stronger and a lot more addictive in more recent years and months even. For example, the THC content of marijuana averaged less than 1 percent in 1974, and averaged 14 percent in 2014.
Rehabilitation Sought as the Best Way to Tackle Addiction
Having an addiction in Merced is no easy thing to address and get rid of by any means at all. Once one is heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol, one must might as well be lying down and giving up, or so would believe many who are so addicted actually. This is not what those addicted in Merced should be doing though, and it is not what those addicted anywhere should be doing for that matter. For those addicted, the way out lies along a very simple path.
One can find freedom from any type of addiction, no matter who they are, no matter what the substance is, how much is taken, how often it is taken, or for how long it has been taken for, quite literally anyone can beat addiction if they put their minds to it. The key is in taking a course through an inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence treatment center, detox facility, rehab program, and recovery organization. With such a program, those addicted to drugs and alcohol can not only be completely and fully detoxed from all physical and chemical addiction, but they can also be rehabilitated fully from all mental and personal addiction and dependence.