Substance Abuse and Addiction Trends in Martinez, California, Contra Costa County
Situated in Contra Costa County, the city of Martinez is the county seat, and is within the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. The population of the city is around 36,000, and it is located on the southeast shore of the Carquinez Strait in the San Francisco Bay Area. Being part of Contra Costa County, it has been affected by the opioid epidemic. In 2018 81 people died from an opioid overdose, which was an increase from the year before. In 2017 52 people died in Contra Costa County from an opioid overdose, despite a 25% drop in pain medication prescriptions over four years. This is why it is important to have drug rehab facilities all over California.
According to the 2019 Contra Costa County Fact Sheet regarding opioid use and treatment, in 2019, 81 people died from opioid use. Many of the problems affecting the smaller cities such as Martinez are overflowing from San Francisco. In San Francisco, the number of people who died from taking fentanyl increased by almost 150% from 2017 to 2018. Contra County Health Services has Community Health Indicators for Contra Costa County from 2010, and during that time, approximately over 22,000 residents of the county were misusing prescription drugs. Before 2010, methamphetamine was the primary drug concern, before opioids had taken over. However, as with most of California, methamphetamine never went anywhere, and as of 2019, the drug is one of the most significant drug threats facing the state.