Long Beach is a well-known and popular city in Los Angeles County in Southern California, on the Pacific coast of the United States. The city is the 36th-largest city in the entire United States and overall is the seventh-largest in the state of California. As of the year of 2010, its population was 462,257. In addition, Long Beach is the second largest city in the Greater Los Angeles Area, (after Los Angeles itself), and it is the principal city of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area overall.
The economy in Long Beach is impressive to say the least. The Port of Long Beach is the United States' second busiest container port and one of the entire world's largest shipping ports overall. The city also maintains a large oil industry with wells located both underground and offshore as well. Manufacturing sectors include those in aircraft, car parts, electronic and audiovisual equipment, and home furnishings and other sectors as well.
Downtown Long Beach is located approximately just a mere 22 miles south of Downtown Los Angeles, though the two cities border each other for several miles on Long Beach's southwestern portion. Long Beach borders Orange County on its southeast edge. The city has many of its own attractions that give in recognition and renown all across the country, and the city itself is one of the most prosperous in the state.
Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse Hitting Hard in Long Beach, California
Unfortunately, a city that has good economic successes will also attract a significant amount of drug trafficking and addiction amongst its residents. Prior to the economic recession of 2008, drug dealers and traffickers tended to stick to poorer cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Since the recession however, drug dealers and traffickers had to switch their attention on middle class, upper middle class, and upper class cities, towns, neighborhoods, and districts. The risk in these ventures was higher as nicer urban areas are always better protected, but the profit margins were also much higher in these areas as well.
The result has been a massive spike in the abuse of, addiction to, and crime involving drugs in Long Beach, California. Heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, amphetamines, crack, and marijuana have all become quite prevalent in this once relatively drug free city. Something must be done to curb this trend, lest the city should experience a full on drug addiction and abuse epidemic.
Facts and Statistics on the Local and State-Wide Drug Addiction Issue
The best way to address a drug addiction crisis is to first understand the crisis as best as possible. With a better understanding of the issue comes a better ability to come up with preventative methods and strategies for addressing that given issue. Listed below are just a few of the results of various research projects that aimed to discover the exact nature of the drug abuse problem in Long Beach and all across California:
• Over 44,000 people die from accidental drug overdoses every year in the United States and most of those deaths are from opioids, including controlled substance pain medication and illegal drugs such as heroin. Opioid abuse is the most common form of drug abuse in Long Beach, California.
• Illegal drug use takes a serious toll on California. Drug abuse is California's #1 premature killer, killing more people than car accidents, suicides and homicides. Long Beach suffers from dozens of deaths every year at the hands of drugs.
• Every year, California seizes 413,000 pounds of marijuana, more than 300,000 ecstasy pills, 18,000 pounds of cocaine, and over 5,000 pounds of meth. Much of these drugs come into Long Beach from Mexico.
• The United States consumes 80% of the world’s pain medication while only having 6% of the world’s population. California alone consumes almost ten percent of the United States’ supply of prescription drugs.
• In the United States, deaths from pain medication abuse are outnumbering deaths from traffic accidents in young adults. Deaths from prescription drugs kill more Californians than all other drugs abused in California combined.
• An American dies from a prescription drug overdose every 19 minutes. In California, a Californian dies from a prescription drug overdose every three hours.
• The biggest abusers of prescription drugs aged 18 to 25 in the nation. In California and particularly in Long Beach, more than thirty percent of all young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 admitted to having abused a prescription drug at some point in their lives.
Rehabilitation Sought as a Life Long Remedy for Drug Addiction
With as many of Long Beach's residents becoming addicted to drugs as there are today, the city and its inhabitants have been literally crying out for a solution and a remedy to the state's ever-rising drug addiction crisis and problem. The solution has come forward in the form of inpatient, residential drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers, recovery programs, and detoxification facilities.
Only inpatient rehab programs have the tools, facilities, educated staff, safety, security, extensiveness of services, and aftercare programs necessary to effectively assist those afflicted with drug and alcohol, addiction. Also, only inpatient rehabs can offer the guarantee that those addicted to drugs and alcohol need that they will safely, comfortably, and smoothly get through rehab and into a state of sobriety never before imagined to be possible.