Orange County Opioid Overdose & Death Report 2017

Drug overdose (poisoning) is now the leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States, causing more deaths than motor vehicle crashes. Opioids – both prescription painkillers and heroin – are responsible for most of those deaths. The number of Californians affected by prescription and non-prescription opioid misuse and overdose is substantial, with rates varying significantly across counties, and even within counties. In Orange County, the rate of opioid-related emergency department (ED) visits has increased 141% since 2005 and there were 7,457 opioid overdose/abuse cases treated in the ED…

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Couples Drug Rehab Orange County California

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The growing number of drug related overdoses and deaths has reached epidemic proportions, and more individuals that are involved in relationship are abusing drugs together. Rehab centers for couples are starting to get some momentum catering to couples entering into recovery together.  (PRWEB) MARCH 16, 2017 CouplesRehabs.org works with treatment centers that offer board-certified therapists and physicians to fix relationships that have been effected by substance abuse. Couples addiction is a serious issue and they need strategies to work on as a couple to help overcome addiction together as a…

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Orange County homeless deaths hit all-time high

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The deaths are so common they’re routine. Sean, 47, drank himself to death on a bus stop bench in Anaheim. Bruce, 63, collapsed and died on a freeway off ramp from heart disease and an untreated seizure disorder. Zachary, 28, overdosed on heroin in a Santa Ana alley. And Nicholas, 29, hanged himself with a shoe string on a dirt embankment in Fullerton. Last year, more than 200 homeless men, women and children lost their lives to drugs, alcohol, mental illness, violence and, in many cases, years of neglect and…

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Fatal drug overdoses reach 10-year high in Orange County

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The number of people dying of drug overdoses in Orange County has soared to the highest levels in at least a decade. According to preliminary coroner data, fatal drug overdoses climbed to at least 400 last year, a 6 percent increase from 2014 – and a nearly 63 percent jump compared with 2005, when the number stood at 246. The latest figures punctuate a problem that has rapidly multiplied inOrange County and the U.S. In the past five years, drug overdoses have killed 1,769 people in the county. The coroner’s…

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Doctors Face Discipline After Undercover Prescription Drug Stings Orange County California

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Two Orange County doctors, who were subject to separate undercover investigations, face California Medical Board discipline for improperly prescribing dangerous drugs without a medical reason. According to legal documents recently made public, Dr. Jeffrey Dove Olsen of Newport Beach and Dr. Mark Anthony Wimbley of Irvine face potential loss of their licenses. The board documents say that in 2013 and 2014, undercover operatives, including an agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, visited Wimbley’s office and secretly recorded their appointments. In two instances, Wimbley gave the phony patients powerful opiates without…

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