Tag Archives: California’s Opioid Problem

Sizing Up Opioid and Heroin Addiction in Oakland, California
The ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States has led to tragic consequences for communities all over the country, and spanning all walks of life. In Alameda County, opioid addiction has caused severe consequences in many forms. Drug crime continues to be a pressing issue in these communities, and the statistics of overdose deaths are fueling a disturbing upward trend. Fatal Trends Regarding Oakland Heroin Use and Opioid Abuse Opioid and heroin addiction are complex issues, and many new heroin users report starting their use of the drug after taking prescription opioid painkillers. Once refills are no longer available and addiction has set ...

The Rising Opioid-Related Death Toll in California
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have officially announced the misuse, abuse, and overdose of prescription medications as a national epidemic. In the United States, more deaths result from prescription medication overdoses than car accidents. Despite serious risks of addiction and overdose, physicians today prescribe opioids for more than just short-term pain – they prescribe them for chronic pain such as backaches or arthritis. No surprise why California leads nation in opioid-related deaths. As the sale of opioids such as morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone hit an all-time high, so does the number of opioid-related deaths. Prescribing opioids for ...