The city of Indio, California, which has just over 85,000 residents, is located in Riverside County. As part of Riverside County, Indio struggles with drug trafficking and substance abuse.
In fact, Riverside County is the single largest drug trafficking distribution center in the United States.2 All different types of drugs are produced in South and Central America, then smuggled by cartels over the border, often into California, and distributed throughout the country. While San Diego County is one of the prime spots for smuggling drugs across the border, Riverside County is the place where they are packaged and distributed.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) office in Riverside reported that, over a 3-year period, they had seized 6,500 pounds of methamphetamine, which was 1/4th as much meth as the DEA seized between 2012 and 2014 across the rest of the U.S. Riverside DEA also seized 770 pounds of heroin, which is 1/10th the amount of heroin seized across the U.S. during that same timespan.2 Because of these and other alarming substance-related statistics, Riverside County has been referred to as “America’s drug pipeline.” Residents may have increased access to these illicit drugs due to the trafficking in the area. Both meth and heroin are extremely dangerous and addictive drugs. Long-term use can lead to addiction and damage to your physical and mental health.
Quitting these harmful drugs on your own can be difficult, which is why help is available in the form of detox and rehab. Detox can help you withdraw comfortably and safely, in a monitored environment, and rehab can teach you relapse prevention skills necessary to maintain abstinence. Call our helpline to learn more about treatment options in your area and elsewhere.
1. Data.io: Indio, CA.
2. Desert Sun. (2015). How Riverside County Became America’s Drug Pipeline