Even as the overall number of drug overdoses are beginning to fall in some parts of the country, the number of lives lost to opiate drug overdose are continuing to climb in many states.1 Residents of Santee, California, have not been exempt from this trend. Deaths caused by heroin and/or prescription painkillers are troubling communities in and around Santee, and many families are struggling to find a way to help their loved one who is living with addiction before it’s too late.
Though heroin use and abuse has become a problem for people of all ages, the medical examiner for San Diego County reports that, over the last 5 years, heroin has been the most common drug triggering overdose among people between the ages of 20 and 29.2 For families who have a loved one struggling with opioid abuse, and for individuals who can’t control their use of heroin or other recreational drugs, now is the time to take action.
In about 56% of heroin overdose deaths in San Diego County, the medical examiner found that a stimulant was also present; for 90% of those cases, the stimulant found was methamphetamine.2
There is no safe use of heroin or methamphetamine. Even legal drugs like alcohol and marijuana can lead to substance abuse and even addiction if the person’s drug use begins to impact other areas of their life like work or family obligations.
If you or your loved one is struggling as a result of drug use, it’s time to connect with a treatment program that can help. Learn more about your options in treatment and how you can take the first step to enroll in the best possible treatment program for your needs.
There is no obligation to enter treatment and you can opt out at any time.