When it comes to the total number of drug overdose deaths in the state of California, Los Angeles County holds the number one slot. According to the CDC Wonder’s Compressed Mortality File (CMF), LA County lost 2,288 residents to drug overdose between 2014 and 2016.1 Alcohol, cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs, and combinations of substances including marijuana all played a role in this high death rate.
If thousands of people were dying in a single county every year due to any other cause, the headlines every day would be focused on what was being done to put a stop to the loss of life. However, because drug addiction and drug misuse are causing these deaths, stigma may be keeping it on the back burner as a topic of collective discussion only when there is no bigger news of the day.
Every article, every public discussion, every new vote changing laws that are related to addiction, every choice to treat families struggling with addiction fairly, and every individual’s voice and story help to fight that stigma in Arcadia, California. The ability to be a positive force of change can start by helping your family member get the help they need to overcome their addiction.
Don’t let stigma stop you from reaching out. Call now to speak with a recovery advisor who can assist you in better understanding the options in addiction treatment that are available to you and your family.
There is no obligation to enter treatment and you can opt out at any time.