Although Perris, CA, in Riverside County, may be a relatively tranquil and great place to live, there is an underlying thread of substance abuse that is hurting the community.
In 2015, there were 930 overdose deaths in the county.1 In 2013, there were about 13 overdose deaths per 100,000 people in the area, and the goal is to reduce this rate to 11.3 per 100,000 people by 2020.2 It is important that Riverside officials reduce the rate of substance abuse by expanding treatment program availability, because dangerous new drugs are being brought north over the Mexico-California border.
Fentanyl is one of the most harmful substances in the United States today. Although the drug was originally developed as a pharmaceutical pain medication for very severe pain, illicit versions have become increasingly prevalent on the black market now. Labs in South and Central American produce this opioid narcotic, which can be as much as 100 times more powerful than morphine and ship it into the U.S. It is commonly mixed with heroin, sold instead of heroin, and sometimes mixed into other drugs like cocaine, meth, or MDMA because it is so cheap that it makes an easy adulterant. Illicit fentanyl is the main cause of the spike in overdose deaths since 2012. Now, cities like Perris are beginning to experience a spike in their own overdose deaths due to fentanyl, even though much of Southern California had escaped the problem for years.3
If you abuse opioid drugs, cocaine, or illicit substances, it’s important to get prompt treatment. Call our helpline to speak with a recovery advisor about your local rehab options as well as recovery centers throughout the country.
. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. California, 2016. Drug Overdose Deaths.
. Riverside University Health System, Public Health. Strategic Health Alliance Pursuing Equity (SHAPE). 2015 Riverside County Community Health Assessment.
. The Press-Enterprise. (2015). Opioid Abuse: Inland Doctors Warned About Fentanyl.
California ranks 10th in treatment centers servicing/accepting no payment accepted per 100,000 residents. Arkansas is ranked one spot worse at spot 11. Wyoming is just 1 spot better, ranked 9 out of the United States.
When adjusted for population, California ranks 20th in treatment centers servicing/accepting IHS/638 contract care funds. The US National Average is ranked slightly worse, ranked 21. Kansas is just 1 spot better, ranked 19 out of the United States.
For persons with HIV or AIDS clients, California ranks 20th in population-adjusted treatment centers. Montana is ranked one spot worse at spot 21. Oklahoma is just 1 spot better, ranked 19 out of the United States.
California ranks 26th in treatment centers servicing/accepting community reinforcement plus vouchers per 100,000 residents. Delaware is ranked slightly worse, ranked 27. Wisconsin is just 1 spot better, ranked 25 out of the United States.
Making your decision about which program will work best for you can be time-consuming and challenging, so consider your options before making a final decision. In the report Blending Perspectives and Building Common Ground, authors note the most common types of drug or alcohol treatment programs.
Options for rehab treatment include the:
Most treatment programs offer a combination of all three programs in one. Make sure to communicate your specific needs to your provider, including ongoing treatment needs, past addiction programs, and underlying mental health issues that may affect your recovery.
*How Can Your Addiction Harm Others?
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the effects of addiction are wide-ranging and don't just affect the individual patient. Some common issues affecting the family and friends of addicts include:
Finding the best Perris drug treatment programs for your needs can seem overwhelming and impossible. We are ready to help you with guidance and advice from qualified specialists. Call our toll-free number today to begin your new, sober life.
There is no obligation to enter treatment and you can opt out at any time.