Tag Archives: Prescription Drug Abuse

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 ...

Santa Clara, California Opioid Addiction Statistics and Trends
Nearly 2 million people live in Santa Clara County, and several recent developments concerning the opioid crisis point to a few major factors contributing to the problem. Santa Clara County serves as an example of how addiction hurts more than just the individual: Its reach can affect entire communities. In 2016 alone, there were 66 opioid overdose-related deaths in Santa Clara County. Drug Trafficking in California California has unique concerns when it comes to drugs compared to other states. Mexican drug cartels control most of the heroin flowing into the United States, and Santa Clara law enforcement officials have cited the area as ...

Silicon Valley California Seeing Increased Drug Usage Crime
The United States is facing a drug problem on a national scale. Over the past several years, drug overdoses have become the leading cause of accidental deaths in the country, overtaking motor vehicle crashes’ long-held number one spot. The reasons for this epidemic are many, and while prescription opioid painkillers and heroin are most often responsible for these overdoses, there are several other illicit substances responsible for the nationwide rise in drug-related deaths. Drug Abuse in Silicon Valley California’s Silicon Valley (including San Mateo County and Santa Clara County) takes up a small portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, but the ...

Opioid Prescription Painkiller Use and Its Link to Depression
When it comes to treatment for opioid painkiller abuse, Americans coping with mental health issues like depression typically face a more challenging road to recovery. Behavioral health counseling can help drug users to manage their addiction and depression simultaneously, but solutions that ignore the interactions between substance abuse and depression may not properly treat a patient’s condition. Excessive use of prescription opioids such as hydrocodone and oxycodone can cause or exacerbate depression. Likewise, individuals suffering from depression naturally have a stronger inclination towards addictive behaviors. A deeper understanding of these symptoms and their interactions will make it easier for individuals struggling ...

Drug-Related Crime on the Rise in Salinas, California
The United States is currently in the midst of a widespread health crisis. Drug overdoses have now overtaken motor vehicle collisions as the leading cause of accidental deaths in the nation. Prescription opioids and heroin have claimed the most lives, followed closely by methamphetamine. Each of these substances is extremely dangerous, capable of killing users and encouraging violence in users and dealers alike. Drug-Related Crimes in Salinas, California California is currently the largest point of entry for methamphetamine into the United States, with roughly 70% of the illegal substance entering the state from Mexico through ports in San Diego. Drug traffickers work ...

New California Laws May Prevent the Overmedication of Foster Kids
In the past, lawmakers didn’t think twice about how doctors treated foster children suffering from emotional traumas such as abandonment and abuse. Nobody controlled how often practitioners prescribed psychiatric drugs that had serious potential for doing more harm than good. Today, investigations into California’s foster care system shed light on the doctors who fuel medication problems by inappropriately prescribing narcotics to the state’s most vulnerable children – ultimately leading to three new California laws. A Glance at California’s Foster System When the Juvenile Division has reason to remove a child from home due to abuse or neglect, it will place the child ...