Irvine is a well-known and popular city in Orange County, California, in the United States. It is a planned city, mainly developed by the Irvine Company for as far back as the 1960s. Formally incorporated on December 28, 1971, the 66-square-mile city had a population of an impressive 212,375 as of the 2010 census done by the United States Census Bureau. In 2015 the city's population had grown quite a bit to an impressive 250,384. The city's mission statement is "to create and maintain a community where people can live, work, and play in an environment that is safe, vibrant, and aesthetically pleasing”. The city lives up to that statement quite well with an excellent living environment, stellar schools, and a thriving economy fully equipped with excellent employment options.
Because Irvine is home to some incredibly highly-rated public schools, a large number of jobs requiring a skilled workforce, and residential housing, Irvine was chosen in 2008 by CNNMoney.com as the fourth best place to live out of all places in the entire United States. In 2012, it was ranked sixth nationally, and in many other years it has made the top twenty.
To further add fame to the city’s reputation, in September 2011, Businessweek listed Irvine as the fifth best city in the United States. Irvine consistently ranks as the safest city in America with a population over 100,000. In 2014, Irvine was named the best-run city in the U.S. by 24/7 Wall Street. A number of corporations have their national or international headquarters in Irvine, particularly in the technology and semiconductor sectors.
Irvine is also known for its impressive sectors of higher educational attainment. The city is the home to the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Concordia University, Irvine Valley College, the Orange County Center of the University of Southern California (USC), Brandman University, California Southern University, Stanbridge College and campuses of California State University Fullerton (CSUF), University of La Verne, Pepperdine University, Alliant International University, Kaplan International Colleges, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and Webster University.
Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse Hits Hard in Irvine
As sad as it may be, wherever a good economy, a growing population, good employment, and general middle-class to upper-middle class neighborhoods go nowadays, drug addiction and substance abuse also follows. Since the economic recession of 2008, drug dealers, traffickers, and pushers are now far more likely to attempt to pedal drugs in more successful towns and areas than in lower class or poverty class towns and cities.
Irvine has in recent years attracted a massive surge in drug dealing and substance abuse and drug addiction. The city had not had to deal with much of this before, so the sudden issue definitely took the city by surprise and left many in the city floundering for some kind of solution and remedy. Even today it is till feared that if something is not done soon, then heroin addiction, prescription drug addiction, and meth addiction will virtually take the city over.
Facts and Statistics on the Mounting Crisis in Irvine and across California
To better understand the crisis in Irvine, and in the entire state of California as a whole, some facts and statistics have been listed below as to just how serious of an issue this city and the entire state is facing. The biggest issue in Irvine lies in the city’s youth. Youth drug abuse in Californian is more prevalent than it is in any other state, so this is an issue that must be addressed. Listed below are some of the facts on this:
• Individuals in California who have a legitimate alcohol misuse or addiction crisis are approximately 10 times more likely to commit suicide than those who do not misuse alcohol, and people who abuse drugs in California have about 14 times greater the risk for eventual suicide.
• Just in the year 2008 alone, 9.3 percent of California’s youths of the ages of 12 to 17 were current illicit drug users. Many of these youths were simply abusing marijuana as marijuana has become much more easy to obtain in California, but many more of them have also begun to go on to taking other, harder, more dangerous and deadly drugs and substances.
• More than 14.5 percent of resident, California youths between the ages of 12 to 17 drink alcohol or a regular basis and in an addictive manner.
• Studies show that California residents pass down addiction more easily than residents of other states. For example, in California children of alcoholics are four times as likely to develop problems with alcohol.
• Nearly 17 percent of all children under age 14 in the state of California, and 20 percent of children under 18 in California live with a parent, (or legally responsible adult), who drinks heavily or has an alcohol problem of some kind.
Rehabilitation: The Long Lasting Solution in a Fight Against Addiction
For those addicted to drugs and alcohol in Irvine, the situation may seem dire indeed. Particularly for young adults, the situation can seem every worse. This is where inpatient rehab centers step in. For Irvine, the best chance at any and all Irvine drug addicted residents at beating their addictions once and for all lies in a course through an inpatient rhea program. Addiction can be beaten and the city of Irvine can know sobriety once again, but it will take the help of inpatient rehabs to accomplish this goal.