The Opioid Epidemic in Sonoma County

What Are Opioids?

Opioids or narcotics are a form of pain-relieving drugs. When prescribed by a doctor, these can help control persistent or severe pain.

Opioids include prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, Codeine, Morphine, Percocet, the illegal drug, Heroin, and more.

How do Opioids Work?

Opioids attach to receptors in the brain, which release signals that muffle pain receptors and boost feelings of pleasure. This can be highly effective in controlling pain, but the high from it makes it incredibly addictive.

The Dangers of Opioids

The risk of addiction and misuse of opioids is high. In large doses, opioids can be deadly – slowing your breathing and heart rate until it is unsustainable. The drug tricks your brain into believing its consumption is necessary for survival.

A quarter of people who have been prescribed opioids struggle with dependence, and every day more than 90 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Opioids should be used with caution and only under the supervision of medical professionals.

Sonoma County Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic is a nationwide problem that has reached Sonoma County. California has exceeded the national average of opioid prescriptions per resident, and in northern California, the non-medical use of these drugs is high.

In recent years, the number of ER visits and opioid overdoses locally has increased. According to Sonoma County Health Services, every year, there are 44 deaths in the area due to accidental drug overdose.

As prescriptions for opioid painkillers grow over the years, the need for more opioid awareness, treatment options, and supervision increases as well. In Sonoma County, there has been a push towards decreasing the number of prescribed opioids as well as increasing the number of safe disposal methods for unused or unfinished prescription pills. This can help to protect vulnerable populations from opioid misuse.

Individualized Help

At Olympia House, we understand that there are many ways someone could have found themselves suffering from addiction. We provide individualized treatment programs tailored to specific situations and needs.

With various opioids available, Olympia House can help you or a loved one get off opioids safely, ease withdrawal systems, and create a strong foundation for long term recovery. Start getting better today, at Olympia House’s rehab treatment center in Northern California.