Hemet, California, is a city in Riverside County that, like other cities in the area, struggles with substance abuse, especially prescription drug abuse.1
A survey of data from Riverside County between 2008 and 2014 found that prescription drugs were responsible for half of the overdose deaths among young people, ages 12 to 25. More than three-quarters of these prescription drug overdoses occurred in 2009, with a steep drop in 2010; however, overdose rates started to rise again the following year.2
Emergency room admissions due to prescription drug overdoses were much lower in Riverside County compared to the United States as a whole. Nationally, between 2005 and 2011, ER visits associated with prescription drug misuse increased 117%. While Riverside County’s rates tripled around that time, it was still less of an overall increase.2
This may be because fewer Hemet residents have access to prescription drugs, or because there are fewer adolescents and young adults in the city. Still, adolescents in particular are a vulnerable population in this city, as well as surrounding cities; 27% of the deaths from prescription drugs in Riverside between 2008 and 2014 involved kids younger than 20.2
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