Substance abuse treatment is high on the list of Ventura County’s community needs. Even in small cities like Camarillo, California, illicit drug abuse is a serious problem.
According to a 2012 survey, 7.1% of all teenagers in Ventura County had used substances including marijuana, cocaine, or inhalants at some point in their lives. Compared to California’s overall rate of 12.4%, this is low, but it is still too much drug abuse among children.1 A health survey reports that kids in the area do not have enough events or activities to keep them occupied, so they get into their parents’ drugs or alcohol, they try illegal drugs, or they choose other risky behaviors.
When adolescents abuse substances, they are more likely to keep struggling with drug or alcohol abuse later in life. Millennials—young adults, ages 20 through 29, according to one state report—in Ventura were the most likely to abuse heroin compared to other age groups. They were also more likely to end up hospitalized because of it; about 46% of the 1,264 people hospitalized in 2016 from heroin overdose were in this age group.2
Treatment to end abuse of illicit drugs like heroin or cocaine is very important. If your loved one shows signs of abusing illicit drugs, help them find the best evidence-based treatment today. Call our helpline to talk to a trained specialist about your treatment options.
There is no obligation to enter treatment and you can opt out at any time.