Hemet, California is a city in Riverside County. Although it only has about 83,000 residents, Hemet has been hit hard by drug abuse, particularly opioids. Out of all the cities in Riverside County, Hemet had the highest rate of opioid-related deaths, according to a survey examining data from 2011 to 2015.1,2
On average, in all the years surveyed, Hemet lost 9.7 people out of every 10,000 residents to drug overdoses.2 Among cities in Riverside County, Hemet is one of the smaller ones, and this overdose rate is extreme for such a suburban location. Between 2006 and 2015, Riverside County had the largest increase in drug overdose deaths compared to the rest of California, with fatality rates increasing nearly 52% during the time period. To compare, overdose deaths increased just under 15% in the state.2
No matter where you are in your journey, it’s never too late to reach out for help. There are several detox and rehab options in Riverside County and surrounding areas. If you’d prefer to travel for treatment, there are countless options all over the country.
If you’re addicted to opioids, you may want to consider entering a medical detox program before enrolling in a rehab program. Medical detox can ensure your comfort and safety throughout the opioid withdrawal process. Once you’re stabilized, then you are ready to begin addiction treatment. Therapy and counseling can help you create lasting changes in your life and avoid relapse in the long run.
1. Data.io: Hemet, CA.
2. County of Riverside Department of Public Health. Health Matters: Overdose and Opioid Deaths in Riverside County, CA. February 2018.
3. County of Riverside Department of Public Health. Health Matters: Riverside University Health System – Public Health. Overdose Incidence Among Young, Riverside County, 2008-2014. August 2016.
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