Forum Spotlights Drug Abuse Rates, Treatment Needs

Mar 8, 2016

  Substance abuse is growing across California and in the North Bay—especially among young people—leaving resources for treatment far outstripped.

This graph compares prescription opioid overdose deaths (shown In red) and heroin overdose deaths (blue) in the US since 1999. As you can see, there has been a sharp rise in heroin-related overdose deaths since 2010. In 2013, there were 8,257 heroin-related overdose deaths in the U.S.

Sonoma County’s figures also show that 29% of patients get their opioid prescriptions from multiple doctors, and five percent use four or more separate prescribers and pharmacies. Melissa Stafford Jones, Regional Director for the US Dept. of Health & Human Services,  notes that California now has a resource for doc tors to help curtail that.