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Drug Abuse, Trafficking and Addiction in California’s Central Valley
California’s Central Valley stretches from Bakersfield in the south to Redding in the north. The Valley encompasses a great deal of the state’s interior, and includes major cities including Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, Visalia and Bakersfield. Though it is not as densely populated as the major cities of California, the valley’s substance abuse and addiction rates are well above those in the metropolitan areas. Drugs are Abundant in California’s Central Valley Though much of Central Valley is still made up of rural areas and agricultural centers, the availability of drugs throughout the valley rivals the access found in cities such as San Diego, ...

California’s Interstate 5 A Major Drug Trafficking Corridor
Interstate 5 is a major stretch of highway that runs from the border of Mexico, through California, Oregon and Washington State, and into Canada. The road is heavily used by the American trucking industry, whose drivers haul everything from produce to electronics. As a result, the I-5 is an integral part of the commerce and logistics of the West Coast. Unfortunately, the highway also plays a major role in the black market transportation and distribution on illicit drugs. Drug Trafficking on Interstate 5 The manufacturing of drugs such as cocaine, heroin and ecstasy often takes place outside of the United States. However, ...

The Expert Corner: Can Men Have Eating Disorders?
I know guys can be really vain with fitness and all, but do men get eating disorders, or is it just girls and women? Everyone seems to only talk about the girls. Men can absolutely get eating disorders. It is just less common for the obvious reason that for decades in America, girls and women have had a lot of pressure on them to have a perfect body. Eating disorders usually start in the teenage years to early 20s, but people of any age can suffer from it. In fact, anyone who is experiencing a lack of confidence in their body ...

Watsonville Sees Its Share of Local Drug Problems
Watsonville, CA, a rural community in Santa Cruz County, is home to roughly 51,000 California residents. Despite the rustic setting – agriculture and farming drive the local economy – Watsonville residents are regularly impacted by drug abuse and drug-related criminal activity. As a matter of public safety, it’s vital for Watsonville residents to understand the issues facing their community and how to support individuals struggling with substance abuse. Substance Abuse and Drug-Related Crimes in Watsonville The presence of illegal drugs in any community coincides with a rise in violent crime, as well as property crime. Those involved in the drug trade, for ...

Understanding the National Heroin Epidemic and Its Tie to Prescription Drugs
The Connection Between Heroin Abuse And Opioids The United States is currently facing the worst drug crisis in American history. Over the past decade, drug overdoses have overtaken motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental deaths in the country. In 2014 alone, 47,055 U.S. citizens died of a drug overdose. While many illicit and addictive drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine can be fatal in certain circumstances, opioids pose the greatest risk for overdose and fatalities. It’s important to recognize the strong link between heroin addiction and prescription opioid abuse. As the number of prescription opioids sold in the country has ...

Summing Up Heroin and Opioid Abuse in the Hardest Hit Areas of California
Opioid Abuse in California Opioid abuse is a nationwide issue, and each state has unique challenges when it comes to curbing this worrisome trend. Opioids, primarily in the form of pain medication obtained through a prescription, are extremely habit-forming and put users at a high risk for physical dependence and painful withdrawal symptoms. In the U.S., California is one of the states most heavily impacted by widespread opioid abuse. Opioid and Heroin Overdoses in California Increasing California has witnessed a dramatic increase in opioid and heroin overdoses over the past decade. As of 2013, opioid and heroin overdoses occur as frequently as once ...