Thousands of people in the United States struggle with addiction to opioid drugs and many of them experience overdoses and die. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 115 people die every day because of opioid drugs.1 Most often, these overdoses are due to heroin and fentanyl, but sometimes, they are due to prescription painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone.1
Until recently, Southern California did not have the same rates of opioid addiction and overdose as the rest of the country. Many other states were hit harder, including West Virginia and areas of the Midwest and New England. However, as illicit fentanyl makes its way through the U.S. and laces heroin and other drugs, more people in California are beginning to overdose on this type of drug.2
In a survey period from 2007 to 2009, 11.5 out of every 100,000 people in Riverside County abused drugs and died from an overdose; by 2013, that number rose to 13.3 out of every 100,000 people.3 Reportedly, 543 Riverside County residents—which includes the small city of Indio, California—overdosed on narcotics and died; 196 of those deaths were attributed to heroin abuse.4
Different regions in California are impacted differently by opioid abuse and overdose, but Riverside County, home to numerous cities like Indio, struggles with higher rates than other places in Southern California. It is important for people in Indio and surrounding towns to have access to appropriate opioid addiction treatment, which often involves medication-assisted treatments (MATs). Use this page as a resource to get started finding treatment.
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