Heroin at Fault for Increase in ER Visits Among Millennials in California The drug problem in California is about more than just abuse among a certain social strata: the opioid epidemic and its twin epidemic of heroin abuse is devastating a generation of young adults. Drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed among teens and young adults… Read More »

The Dangers of Prescribing Opioids to California Seniors Opioid abuse is a serious public health issue. Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States and a significant aspect of the drug problem in California. According to a fact sheet from the US Department of Health and Human Services, since… Read More »

California Identifies “Hot Spots” Where Opioid Poisonings are Occurring The World Health Organization provides several key facts regarding opioids: Opioids are psychoactive substances derived from the opium poppy or their synthetic analogues. Examples are morphine, heroin, tramadol, oxycodone, and methadone. Worldwide, an estimated 69,000 people die from opioid overdose each year. There are an estimated… Read More »

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How California Addicts with Low-Income Status Can Seek Treatment For those living at or below the poverty level, the devastating effects of substance abuse are exponentially increased, with limited resources resulting in not only acts of greater desperation undertaken to procure the drug of choice, but more tragically, overwhelming challenges in seeking help. The drug… Read More »

The drug problem in California has resulted in a long list of deleterious effects: with millions of residents addicted to drugs and alcohol, drug abuse has become California’s number one cause of premature death. Methamphetamine is the primary drug threat in California. Mexican organizations dominate the production and distribution of high-quality meth, but clandestine laboratories… Read More »