McFarland is a small city in the San Joaquin Valley, in Kern County, in the state of California, in the United States of America. McFarland is located just about 6.5 miles south of Delano, at an elevation of 354 feet. The population of McFarland, as of 2016, is 19,044 according to the United States of America Census Bureau.

McFarland is a pretty poor, rural town.  The median income for a household in the city was only about $12,821, and the median income for a family was only $14,190. Males had a median income of $19,881 versus $9,109 for females, a shocking difference. The per capita income for the city was $9,524. About 34.1% of families and 35.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.1% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those ages 65 or over.

The city, though poor, is attempting to make a comeback from the economic recession in 2008 by investing in tourism.  Some of the tourist attractions and locally owned businesses that attract visitors in McFarland are:

• Fidel’s hot rods
• Jackson Branch Kern County Library
• McFarland City Hall
• Peluqueria Charly “Charly The Barber”
• Maria’s Pizza
• Palace Market
• Super King Burger
• McFarland Landfill Corporation
• Snowhite
• Tire Farm and Ranch
• Smoke Shop
• Poker’s pizza

Drug Addiction Strikes a Small Town

Drug and alcohol addiction has for some time been making a serious effect on the friends and the families of the local population of McFarland.  Though this is a small town, it is pretty impoverished, and those who do live there are statistically speaking more likely to use and abuse drugs and alcohol than those in more wealthy areas.

This has been the lot of life in McFarland and, though the city has made attempts to revitalize in recent years, there has been a drug problem in the city since the year of 2008.  Serious attempts need to be made here and in surrounding cities before drug addiction can be fully gotten rid of.  With proper rehabilitation of those who are addicted here, this feat can actually be managed.

Facts and Stats

There is some truth to the rumor that there is a drug epidemic in California.  It is technically still on the level of a crisis and is not yet an epidemic, but the situation is getting worse and worse every year.  For example:

• In the year of 2013, no less than 8.8 percent of youths of the ages of 12 to 17 were current illicit drug users in California.  Young adults are abusing drugs at levels the likes of which have never been seen before.  This rate was lower than the rates of current illicit drug use among 12 to 17 year olds in 2002 to 2007 and in 2009 to 2012, but was similar to the rate in the year 2008 (9.3 percent).

• Current marijuana use among 12 to 17 year olds in California actually declined from around 8.2 percent in 2002 to 6.8 percent in 2005, remained similar through 2008, then increased to 7.9 percent in 2011 before decreasing again to 7.2 percent in the year of 2012 and 7.1 percent in the year 2013.  Current non-medical use of psychotherapeutic drugs declined from 4.0 percent in 2002 and 2003 to 2.2 percent in 2013. This includes a decrease in the prevalence of current non-medical use of pain relievers from 3.2 percent in 2002 and 2003 to 1.7 percent in the year of 2013.

• Drug and alcohol use and abuse varies a lot depending on the area of the nation that the person is in.  For example, among persons of the age of 12 or older, the rate of current illicit drug use in the year of 2013 was 11.8 percent in the West, 9.2 percent in the Northeast, 8.7 percent in the Midwest, and 8.3 percent in the South.  Typically, California ranks in at one of the most heavily affected areas.

Rehabilitation Needed and Wanted in McFarland

McFarland needs rehab now more than ever.  The only way to truly stop the drug problem here before it gets any worse starts and ends with rehab, rehab, and more rehab.  McFarland has addicts living there who will never stop using and abusing drugs and alcohol until they actually do go to rehab.  This is the key here, and it has been for some time.

Detox is needed in McFarland, so that those who are hooked on drugs and alcohol can experience freedom from chemical dependence.  Next up is rehab itself, which is equally needed and wanted.  The problem in McFarland is that those who are addicted are using and abusing substances like meth, heroin, and prescription drugs, all of which are very hard to get off of.  With rehab though, the addicts in McFarland do stand a chance, and now more than ever they need to take that chance.