Addiction in California
The number of drug overdose deaths in California – a majority of which are from prescription drugs – increased by 31 percent since 1999 when the rate was 8.1 per 100,000. Currently the rate is 10.6 per 100,000 people suffering drug overdose fatalities, according to the latest reports.
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In California, deaths involving opioid prescription medications have increased 16.5 percent since 2006. In 2012, there were more than 1,800 deaths from all types of opioids and 72 percent involved prescription opioids. Although numbers are not available for more recent years, it is understood that these have only increased.
In California, there is now a new facet to the crisis: young pill addicts who are turning to heroin, sometimes with fatal results. The trend is hitting hardest in wealthy enclaves around the state. In Orange County alone, as fatalities from prescription drugs continue to rise, in recent years heroin overdoses among young people have nearly doubled.
According to the National Drug Intelligence Center which reports on illicit drug use, Mexican drug trafficking organizations maintain unrivaled dominance over wholesale drug distribution in California. Their deeply entrenched, well-organized, and extensive networks enable them to supply illicit drug markets in the region and throughout much of the country. The NDIC predicts that Mexican drug trafficking organizations will maintain their dominance over ice methamphetamine, cocaine, and Mexican black tar heroin trafficking in the Northern California region for the foreseeable future. No other trafficking group operating in the region has the sources of supply or organizational structure to challenge them.
While Mexican drug traffickers are the dominant wholesale drug distributors, members of street gangs, prison gangs, and outlaw motorcycle gangs are the primary midlevel and retail-level drug distributors in California.
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