Riverside is a large city in Riverside County, California, in the United States, located conveniently and pleasantly in the Inland Empire metropolitan area. Riverside is by far the most populous city in the Inland Empire as well as in Riverside County itself, and it is located approximately 60 miles east of the city of Los Angeles. Despite the distance, Riverside is still a part of the Greater Los Angeles area. Riverside is the 59th most populous city in the entire United States and 12th most populous city in the state of California. As of the 2010 Census, Riverside had a population of 303,871.
As for its history, Riverside was founded in the early 1870s, though many different races and ethnicities had lived in the area for hundreds of years before that. The city is famous for being the birthplace of the California citrus industry as well as home of the Mission Inn, the largest Mission Revival Style building in the United States. The city is also home to the Riverside National Cemetery.
Riverside is well known and popular for multiple different things. For example, the infamous University of California, Riverside, is located in the northeastern part of the city. The university also hosts the Riverside Sports Complex too, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. Other attractions in Riverside include the Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside Metropolitan Museum, which houses exhibits and artifacts of local history, the California Museum of Photography, the California Citrus State Historic Park, and the Parent Washington Navel Orange Tree, the last of the two original navel orange trees in all of the state of California.
Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse: A Serious Issue in Riverside
Just like with many other cities in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Riverside too has begun to struggle with a very severe drug addiction and substance abuse issue the likes of which it had never seen before. This is a city that has always had its own, localized drug abuse issues, but never on such a grand of a scale that it is seeing now.
Riverside has always been very, very anti-marijuana. The city has always opposed the legalization of the drug, and even while some California counties have now legalized it this city in particular still stands firmly against it. Unfortunately, while there is nothing wrong with taking a stance against marijuana, these actions in a big way have allowed for other drugs to sneak into the city while law enforcement officials had their hands tied dealing with marijuana issues. Now, heroin, cocaine, illicitly obtained prescription drugs, crystal meth, and other illegal substances have effectively filtered their way into Riverside, causing untold upset and addiction city-wide.
Facts and Statistics on the Issue in Riverside and All Across California
To better understand the drug addiction crisis in Riverside and all across the state of California for that matter, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, (SAMHSA), the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, (NSDUH), the National Institute on Drug Abuse, (NIDA), and the Trust for American Health, (TAH), all worked together to attempt to study and research the specific drug addiction problem in the city of Riverside and in the state as a whole.
Listed below are just a few of the facts and statistics found from their research projects, listed here so as to provide the reader with context as to just how serious of an issue is being faced in Riverside and in California:
• Sadly, more than 150 California inmates have died of drug overdoses since the year 2006, with a high of 24 in the year 2013. Moreover, the sharing of intravenous needles often spreads hepatitis C infections, which killed 69 inmates in just the year 2013 alone.
• California inmates are dying of drug overdoses at nearly triple the national rate, raising question as to why drug abuse in California prisons is so prevalent and common. Drug abuse should be kept out of prisons, yet in California the drug crisis is hitting in the cities, rural areas, and prisons alike.
• Drug trafficking has contributed to the rise of violent crime in all across the Los Angeles area, which established all-time highs with 56 homicides in 2011 and 71 in 2012 in just one, small middle class residential area.
• A 2014 survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, (NIDA), found that 34 percent of 10th graders in the state of California had used marijuana, while 44 percent of all 12th graders had done so, the commission noted. By contrast though, only 23 percent of 10th graders had used tobacco. Marijuana is the number one gateway drug in the nation, and it is especially dangerous for young adults to be abusing this drug.
Rehabilitation Sought as a Remedy for Drug Addiction in Riverside
For Riverside addicts, there is still hope for achieving sobriety and recovery for a lifetime. The solution lies in a course through an inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence treatment center, rehab program, and detox facility. Only inpatient rehab programs have the tools, the facilities, the staff, the safety, the security, and the time to be able to fully and completely detox and rehabilitate a Riverside addict. Addiction does not have to mean the end of the world for those who are afflicted. Sobriety can be achieved, and it takes a great deal of work, but the road is clear and it can be walked.