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Drugs Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers in Riverside, California

The Scope of Substance Abuse in Riverside and Riverside County

The opioid epidemic claimed thousands of lives across California. Riverside County is among several other municipalities in the nation and counties in California, suing multiple drug companies. The allegations are that aggressive and fraudulent marketing of prescription opioid painkillers and the extensive distribution led to the opioid crisis. In 2017 in Riverside County, approximately 125 people died from opiate overdose, which was an increase from 107 in 2016. During 2017 there were over 300 opioid overdose emergency department visits and over 240 hospitalizations involving opioids. Within Riverside County in 2017, more than 1.5 million prescriptions for pain medication were written. The lawsuit filed by Riverside County talks about the financial burden the opioid epidemic created within the county.

Like any other drug problem, it tends to affect the most vulnerable, including children. The homeless population is often always affected by drug and alcohol abuse. According to the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) in Riverside County, there were 2,811 identified sheltered and un-sheltered homeless adults and children countywide. The homeless count included veterans, youth aged 18 to 24, children aged 17 and under, chronically homeless, families with children, and the elderly. Approximately 24% of the homeless population in the county have substance abuse issues, and roughly 18% have a physical disability. Drug dealers will pray on the homeless population keeping them addicted to drugs. Along skid row in Los Angeles, for example, drug dealers will camp out within the homeless encampments selling drugs.

Here is a list of the different services in Riverside, 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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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.