Although Perris, CA, in Riverside County, may be a relatively tranquil and great place to live, there is an underlying thread of substance abuse that is hurting the community.
In 2015, there were 930 overdose deaths in the county.1 In 2013, there were about 13 overdose deaths per 100,000 people in the area, and the goal is to reduce this rate to 11.3 per 100,000 people by 2020.2 It is important that Riverside officials reduce the rate of substance abuse by expanding treatment program availability, because dangerous new drugs are being brought north over the Mexico-California border.
Fentanyl is one of the most harmful substances in the United States today. Although the drug was originally developed as a pharmaceutical pain medication for very severe pain, illicit versions have become increasingly prevalent on the black market now. Labs in South and Central American produce this opioid narcotic, which can be as much as 100 times more powerful than morphine and ship it into the U.S. It is commonly mixed with heroin, sold instead of heroin, and sometimes mixed into other drugs like cocaine, meth, or MDMA because it is so cheap that it makes an easy adulterant. Illicit fentanyl is the main cause of the spike in overdose deaths since 2012. Now, cities like Perris are beginning to experience a spike in their own overdose deaths due to fentanyl, even though much of Southern California had escaped the problem for years.3
If you abuse opioid drugs, cocaine, or illicit substances, it’s important to get prompt treatment. Call our helpline to speak with a recovery advisor about your local rehab options as well as recovery centers throughout the country.
. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. California, 2016. Drug Overdose Deaths.
. Riverside University Health System, Public Health. Strategic Health Alliance Pursuing Equity (SHAPE). 2015 Riverside County Community Health Assessment.
. The Press-Enterprise. (2015). Opioid Abuse: Inland Doctors Warned About Fentanyl.
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