Piedmont is a small, pleasant, mostly-residential, very wealthy, semi-suburban city located in Alameda County, in the state of California, in the United States. The City of Piedmont is a totally unique city too because it is actually completely surrounded by the city of Oakland. Piedmont's residential population was only 10,667 at the 2010 census as reported by the United States Census Bureau.
Piedmont is something of a historic city. The name of the city itself actually comes after the region of Piedmont in Italy, and it literally means foothill. Piedmont actually rests on a foothill that overlooks much of the area, so the name is quite appropriate. Piedmont was incorporated in 1907, and was developed significantly in the 1920s and 1930s and is still being improved upon today. The Piedmont Unified School District includes three elementary schools, one middle school, and two high schools, all of which are considered to be the best in the area.
Piedmont is a pretty wealthy town. It borders from upper middle class to upper class, and the citizenry there are all pretty well off and well to do. For example, the median income for a household in the city was $134,270, and the median income for a family was $149,857. On the upper range of this scale, the income levels actually touch the upper class range of income in the United States. To break it down further still, males had a median income of $100,000 versus $58,553 for females. The per capita income for the city was $70,539. Only about 1.0% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, which is one of the lowest percentile ratings of any city in all of California, regardless of population or location.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Strike
Sadly, in a way it is all too good to be true in Piedmont. Unfortunately this city to a degree has fallen under the curse of the rapidly expanding and extending drug and alcohol abuse and addiction problem that is virtually raking across the nation and especially in California.
What has been occurring in California is that a lot of the drug trafficking and crime in general has been packing up and moving out of the bigger cities and towns and instead nestling down in the more wealthy (or middle class for that matter) suburban towns and bedroom communities. Even rural areas are being affected by this. The effect has been that cities, towns, communities, suburbs, bedroom communities, supporting towns, unincorporated areas, rural areas, and country towns are all being hit hard with problems that they have never really experienced before. The effect is a difficult and a dismal one to say the least, and if something is not done soon to correct it then it is sure to only get worse.
For just a quick glimpse of the problem, in the year of 2009 there were nearly 4.6 million drug-related emergency department, (ED), visits of which about one half, (49.8 percent, or 2.3 million), were attributed to adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals and almost one half, (45.1 percent, or 2.1 million), were attributed to drug misuse or abuse of another kind. California is close to the number one state for pill misuse. Essentially, if it wasn’t an addictive drug that caused the visit, it was something else unhealthy or adverse about prescription drugs. Between prescription drugs, weed, trafficked drugs from Mexico, and alcohol, towns like Piedmont really have a tough time in front of them.
Rehabilitation to the Rescue
Drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse is a major problem and there is no mistaking that. This is an issue that just keeps worsening over and over again with no real sign or indication of it getting any better. The problem is especially concerning in California and in small towns like Piedmont. This is a city that has experienced a gradual downturn and degradation towards sadness and sorrow for years now. The truth of the matter is that California is stuck between a rock and hard place with relaxed marijuana laws, its proximity to Mexico, increased street drug abuse, and increased prescription drug abuse.
Small towns in California like Piedmont have been hit hard by this steady expansion of addiction problems and crisis issues. The truth is, the problems just keep extending outwards and getting worse and worse and worse and worse with no clear sign or indication that they will get better any time soon in this small, seemingly peaceful little town. It’s crazy that such a small town would be so heavily affected but there it is. Piedmont isn’t the only one either. A lot of other small towns are really starting to feel the effects of increased drug and alcohol addiction problems within their city limits too.
So what can be done about a problem of this epic of proportions? It is a simple method of address but it will take a lot of work and a lot of resolve to fully handle it properly. The key for Piedmont lies in getting all who are addicted there into and through inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence treatment centers, detox facilities, rehab programs, and recovery organizations. These are easily the most necessary and needed of all when it comes to addressing these problems and actually making them go away.
Piedmont is currently experiencing a real crisis. This is a crisis and a hardship that no town should have to feel. That’s why now more than ever it is of the utmost importance that they do what is necessary to handle this issue once and for all. That action will be getting all of those who are addicted into and through inpatient rehab programs.