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What Drug Problems Do Californians Face?

Created On Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On Wednesday, 30, September 2020

Opioids have been the biggest drug threat in recent years facing the people living in California. Every since fentanyl started to show up, it has been cut into drugs such as heroin to increase the potency. Heroin is widely used throughout the state and found in urban and rural areas. However, many heroin addicts are purposely seeking out fentanyl because it is stronger and offers a better high, while others do what they can to avoid it. Opioid addiction is a dangerous problem and most addicts struggle with it for a long time before they get help. The opioid treatment programs in the state provide many different options to help addicts overcome his or her addiction. Treatment options include detox, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, medication-assisted therapy, and other support options to help addicts.

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Some of the other commonly abused drugs in California include cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, hallucinogens, alcohol, methamphetamine, and prescription drugs. Marijuana use is seen among more than 10% of the adults in California. Around 54% of adults in the state have used alcohol in the past month. The problems with illicit drugs and pain reliever medication were most prevalent among young adults ages 18 to 25. Teen substance abuse still remains an issue of public concern, and around 23% of California's population is younger than 18 years old. Over 62% of Californians who used drugs are men, and 37.9% are women.

Throughout the state are various types of drug treatment programs for all addictions. Finding help is important because addiction becomes worse without treatment. Some drug addicts attempt to become sober on their own without help, and this is not a successful approach to take. Drug rehabilitation is designed to help an addict address the underlying issues and reasons why they started to abuse drugs and alcohol. Therapy and counseling are important and aftercare treatment is available to help a recovering addict continue to work on his or her sobriety.


Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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