Located in the southwestern portion of Arizona, Yuma County had a population of nearly 200,000 people as of the 2010 United States census, making it one of the ten largest counties in the state. But having a large population can mean issues like drug problems, something that Yuma County has been very familiar with since America’s drug epidemic began. From 2015-2017, there were 98 drug overdose deaths in the county, according to a report published by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. We can only guess how many more people are using drugs that haven’t died, and how many people need drug and alcohol rehabilitation services. Anyone struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol can find help in Yuma County. It’s very important that when you’re discussing treatment options with an addiction professional that you’re completely honest with them about your drug use. Some drugs can be dangerous to stop taking without proper medical supervision and procedures, so never try to quit on your own or adjust your dosage of any chemical substance you’ve been taking regularly.
Overdose can occur on almost any drug, but there are only a few which are strong enough or used regularly enough to make overdose a relatively common occurrence when consuming it. Opioids are definitely at the top of the list, causing many overdoses every year. These drugs kill by causing respiratory depression, ultimately slowing breathing to the point of suffocation. Because certain opioids like Fentanyl are so strong that only a few grains can kill a person, accidental death can happen quite easily. Drug dealers mix Fentanyl in with heroin so they can make more money, at the risk of people’s lives. The drug is cheap and manufactured synthetically, usually overseas. When added to heroin, it can make the product many times more potent, allowing the dealer to add fillers to boost the volume. This can more than double the amount of end-product that the dealer can sell. But it also increases the likelihood of overdose death, because if the Fentanyl isn’t mixed in perfectly there will be areas of higher concentration within the batch that will kill people. Accidental overdose often happens in this way, as the user isn’t expecting this randomly potent bag of heroin.
Another drug that is killing more and more people is tranquilizers. These drugs have become increasingly popular, as more and more celebrities and artists glorify using Xanax and other tranquilizers. Like opioids, tranquilizers kill by slowing down the body’s functions to the point of death. But what makes them particularly lethal, is that they have effects much like alcohol. Tranquilizers reduce inhibitions, making a person much more likely to engage in risky behavior. They also impair memory severely, so the user will do things they don’t remember, such as take more drugs. This combination is deadly, leading people on tranquilizers to frequently overdose by taking too many or combining them with other drugs and alcohol. When combined with another central nervous system depressant, tranquilizers compound the respiratory effects and quickly kill.
Here is a list of the different drug rehab centers in Yuma County, Arizona. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.