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Opioids Medical Detoxification Programs in California

Opioid Drug Addiction in California

The opioid epidemic has affected every corner of the nation, and opioid addiction happens to people from all different backgrounds and age groups. Within the state of California, opioid use has been increasing, although the rate of overdose is lower than what is happening in other states. Per the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) report in 2018, the number of heroin-related emergency room visits more than tripled between 2006 and 2017. The non-heroin opioid-related emergency room visits nearly doubled during that same time. In 2006 there were 2,219 opioid-related emergency room visits, and by 2017 this number increased to 4,281 emergency room visits.

In 2016 there were 1,219 heroin-related emergency room visits, and by 2017 this number increased to 4,095 emergency room visits. Among different racial and ethnic groups within the state, the rates of emergency room visits because of heroin and other opioids was significantly different. Among Caucasians within the state, 19.7% of heroin users and 16.3% of opioid users suffered from non-fatal overdoses. African Americans in California saw 9% of heroin users and 16.2% of opioid users experiencing nonfatal overdoses. Native Americans in the state saw over 10% of heroin users and over 15% of opioid users ending up in the emergency room. Latino and Asian cultures in California saw 5.8%, and 0.7% of heroin users suffered from nonfatal overdoses, and 6.8% and 1.9% of opioid users had a nonfatal overdose.

Most types of opiates are given to people for a prescription for pain management, such as morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, methadone, and Demerol. Pain medication addiction can start with a prescription for pain medications. These types of problems can begin with misusing the drug or taking more of the substance than required. The longer a person is taking pain medications; they will develop a tolerance for the medications. A tolerance for opiates can lead to physical and psychological dependencies and cause an addiction. Opiate addiction must be treated with medical detox and either short-term or long-term residential drug treatment. Inpatient drug rehabilitation will provide the best opportunities for an opiate addict to overcome his or her addiction. Throughout the state of California are hundreds of different treatment services, and many of them can offer opiate treatment and rehabilitation for addicts and their families. The rehabilitation process will not always be easy, but is essential for opiate addiction and abuse.

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How long will opioids show up on a drug test?

Opioids can be detected in urine tests for up to 3 days after the last dose is ingested. It can also be detected in saliva for about 24 up to 48 hours and in hair follicles for about up to 90 days after use. However, the detection rate depends on the quantity of the last dose.

California Addiction Services by Type of Drug

California Addiction Services by Type of Drug

Here is a list of medically-supervised detox for Opiates addiction in California. The list can be incomplete, so please do not hesitate to contact one of our counselors at 1-800-304-2219.

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