Misuse and abuse of prescription opioid painkillers is a huge problem across the United States, and even small cities like Bellflower, California, are not able to escape it.
Bellflower’s population is about 77,700 and it is located in Los Angeles County.1 Residents of Los Angeles County are negatively impacted by prescription painkiller abuse, which can lead to overdose and death.1 A 2012-2014 survey of Los Angeles County residents found that about 394,000 people aged 12 and older abused opioid painkillers in the past year.2 This figure represents about 5% of the county population.2
In 2015, Los Angeles County’s high school students abused many kinds of drugs, putting them at risk for drug addiction later in life. About 10% misused prescription drugs, such as opioid medications.2 These drugs are often easy for teenagers to get ahold of if their parents have been prescribed opioids or sedatives, such as benzodiazepines. Chronic drug abuse may ultimately lead to an addiction, which is characterized by continued use regardless of negative consequences (such as stealing, lying, legal problems, etc.).
The best way to get sober is to seek formal detox and addiction treatment. Detox can provide you with the monitoring and supervision you need to withdraw safely and comfortably, while addiction treatment can instill behavioral change and equip you with coping skills. Call our helpline today to learn about rehabs in your area and throughout the rest of the country that can help.
1. Data.io: Bellflower, CA.
2. National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS). Los Angeles County Sentinel Community Site (SCS), Drug Use Patterns and Trends, 2016.
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