Los Angeles: Drug Abuse Statistics and Local Treatment Guide

Accessing Treatment or Addiction Services in Los Angeles

With millions of people living in the greater Los Angeles County, and most of those in the city of Los Angeles itself, it is important to know where to get help if you struggle with addiction or a loved one suffers from substance abuse.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health offers a collection of resources called the Alcohol and Drug Related Educational Information page. The Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) program focuses a range of resources on creating programs to safely detox and rehabilitate from addiction and also to help people find these services. SafeMed LA focuses specifically on preventing and overcoming prescription drug abuse in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles and the Crisis of Substance Abuse

There are nearly 4 million residents in the large, sprawled out Southern California city of Los Angeles. The town famous for film and television, along with consistently temperate weather, naturally draws a lot of people from everywhere in the world. While many of the people who move to Los Angeles seek opportunity and a good life, they may unfortunately run into problems with substance abuse in such a large urban area.

Further Reading

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The Most Abused Drugs in Los Angeles County

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How Are Residents of Los Angeles Getting Help?  

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansions, the state of California plans to expand addiction treatment to many more people who were eligible for Medi-Cal coverage in the state. Two programs — Substance Abuse Prevention Control (SAPC) and the Los Angeles Department of Social Services (DPSS) — have collaborated in Los Angeles County to provide general relief (GR) to people struggling with addiction and substance abuse problems; they created the GR Mandatory Substance Abuse Recovery Program in Los Angeles County, offering a range of services. There are also public meetings hosted by the Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs, part of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Control initiative through the County of Los Angeles Public Health Department.

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