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Updated: October 22, 2021
There’s A Prescription Drug Crisis in San Diego County
Many people know that fentanyl is a growing problem in all corners of California as well as America. Unfortunately, however, a silent crisis is growing in San Diego County. The most sobering part is that the drugs are the kind that are legally available as well as sold on the street; prescription drugs. And overdoses related to prescription drug use, including opioids, in 2020 rose to 576 deaths. That’s nearly double the number of overdoses in 2019.
Who Are Most Vulnerable To Overdosing on Prescription Drugs?
According to the Prescription Drug Report Card, men are the most likely to die from an overdose. Out of the 576 overdoses last year, 430 victims were men, and 146 were women.
Prescription drug statistics included opioids, including fentanyl, which has contributed to the most overdose deaths in the nation in the past year.
Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths Are Preventable
Many institutions, including music or arts venues, now keep their supply of naloxone to help reverse overdoses. Naloxone can start working in a matter of minutes, and it’s available from harm reduction organizations and healthcare providers. People who use Medicare or Medi-Cal need a prescription from their doctor for it to be covered. However, some participating pharmacies offer it without a prescription.
The best way to prevent an overdose is to get clean and sober. Staying sober in the long term can help you live your best life. Addiction is a progressive disease, and few people have found recovery without a bit of help.
If you’re addicted to prescription drugs, help is available.
Symptoms of a Prescription Drug Addiction
If somebody you love may have a problem with drugs, you may wonder what the symptoms of a substance use disorder are.
Evidence of misusing prescriptions:
- Powder in bags or on mirrors or hard surfaces. Some people with substance use disorder crush pills and snort them. Some people smoke them or inject them. Needles, plastic bags with residue, and glass pipes with burn marks may be evidence of misusing prescriptions.
- A person “nods out” or is often groggy during the day, even when they get more than 8 hours of sleep. They may slur words or seem drunk if they are shaken awake.
- Hoarding pills from multiple doctors. Evidence of numerous bottles of pills that contain the same prescription.
- A considerable change in their lifestyle; they may avoid all of their family and friends. They may begin to have financial trouble, have trouble keeping a job, or simply seem to have ultimately decided to “opt-out” of their former lifestyle.
- They may try to stop using prescriptions or promise to stop using, only to start again a few days later. This may be due to physical withdrawal symptoms that make it incredibly challenging to get sober without help.
- They may have legal trouble, get DUI’s, or be arrested for forging prescriptions.
- They may steal or mismanage the family finances or have other secrets that alienate them from others.
Getting Help for Addiction in San Diego
If you or somebody you love has a problem with prescription drugs, we’re here to help. Getting sober can seem to be a huge task if you’re addicted to a substance. This is why getting help is important! We’re here to help you get started on the journey to recovery. Give us a call at 619-363-4767.
If you or a loved one is looking for an effective drug rehab in San Diego, call 619-363-4767. One of our caring members is ready to answer all of your questions.
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