Wakeup Los Angeles
There were 563 opioid-related deaths in Los Angeles Country in just one year. Learn more about the opioid epidemic in LA. (Source: DEA in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office)
Prevent Prescription Drug and Heroin Misuse
Most people who misuse prescription drugs get them from family, friends, and acquaintances. You can make a difference by following these tips. Learn more.
Test your knowledge about opioids by taking this quiz.
What if you could look into the future and see what your life would be like if you became addicted to drugs? See how members of the YouTube comedy group SMOSH reacted when they came face-to-face with their "future selves." Watch.
Controlled prescription drugs
Unfortunately, prescription drug abuse can often lead to illegal drug use. Nationwide, among new heroin users, 75 percent report having abused prescription opioids before using heroin.1
For decades, the number of fatal opioid overdoses nationwide had been steadily increasing, according to numbers from the National Vital Statistics System. But in 2018, the number of overall opioid deaths dropped to 46,802.
Unfortunately, the number of deaths from synthetic opioids - like fentanyl - continues to rise. Between 2017 and 2018, synthetic opioid deaths increased 9%.2
1 Heroin Overdose Data. Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Source: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/heroin.html
Opioid misuse is getting worse in California and across the country. Get a few quick facts about the drug problem below.
IN CALIFORNIA, THERE WERE:
- 2,196 opioid overdose deaths in 2017 
- 4,281 opioid (excluding heroin) overdose emergency department visits in 2017 
- The vast majority of teens do not use heroin. In a 2018 national survey, only 0.4% of 12th graders used heroin in the past year.
- 96.4 percent of 12th graders disapprove of taking heroin occasionally.
- About 165,000 young people between 18 to 25 reported having a heroin use disorder in the past year.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE:
- Prescription opioid analgesics, specifically those containing oxycodone and hydrocodone, are the most common types of prescription drugs that are diverted for misuse and abused.
- Each day in the United States, over 192 people die as a result of a drug overdose.
- In 2017, an estimated 3.2 million people (aged 12 or older) reported current misuse of pain relievers.
- 53% of nonmedical users (12 years or older) reported receiving the prescription drugs they most recently used “from a friend or relative for free.”
- Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine.
- Drug deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone (which includes fentanyl) increased almost 47% from 2016 to 2017.
Explore common misconceptions about opioids through the voices of teens. Go to Operation Prevention.
1 Source: California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard, California Department of Public Health. View source here.
2 Source: University of Michigan, 2018 Monitoring the Future Study. View source here.
3 Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, September 2018. View source here.
4 Source: Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2013–2017. View source here.
5 Source: Prescription Drug Use and Misuse in the United States: Results from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, September 2018. View source here.
6 Source: Rudd RA, Seth P, David F, Scholl L. Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 16 December 2016. View source here.
7 Source: “Fentanyl: Illicitly-made fentanyl use is on the rise." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. View source here.
Matthew McKinney, 17
Matthew was full of adventure, mischief and zest for life but things changed when he got addicted to drugs. He attended rehab but relapsed and overdosed on heroin months after he left the program. Read more.
Need Someone to Talk to?
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has trained professionals to available via phone and online chat to help parents who think their loved one is struggling with addiction. Learn more.
The SBAT is a web-based tool that provides a dashboard of available substance use services throughout Los Angeles County, including: outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment, different levels of residential treatment, withdrawal management, Opioid Treatment Programs (methadone clinics), Recovery Bridge Housing, and DUI programs. Learn more.
Help for Veterans
Veterans Affairs offers a number of options for those seeking treatment for substance use problems. These options include therapy, either alone with the therapist or in a group, as well as medications to help veterans reduce their use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Learn more on their website.
The Albuquerque Police Department helps to provide a safe and secure community where the rights, history, and culture of all are respected. Get more information about Camp Fearless here.
Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, meet the needs of today’s veterans, and improve the quality of life.
The Bernalillo County Community Health Council serves as a resource and convener for those organizations, institutions and individuals with a passion for improving the health of all Bernalillo County residents.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico serves more than 4,000 children between the ages of 5 and 18 in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.
The BSA’s mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
Highland High School is one of thirteen comprehensive high schools and 8 Schools of Choice in the Albuquerque Public School system with approximately 1,400 students in grades nine through twelve.
Hayes Middle School is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
National Guard Counter Drug Task Force
Since 1989, the National Guard, working with law enforcement agencies and community based organizations, has performed interdiction and anti-drug activities in the fight against illicit drugs. Approximately 2,500 Soldiers and Airmen support more than 5,000 agencies at the local, state, and federal levels preventing illicit drugs from being imported, manufactured and distributed.
For more information on New Mexico's program, reach out to:
SSG James Howard
Office: (505) 474-2128
This community coalition seeks to understand local prevention needs and respond with research-informed strategic action.
HOPE is a collaborative effort between the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center and the U.S. Attorney’s Office that is partnering with the Bernalillo County Opioid Accountability Initiative with the principal goals of protecting our communities from the dangers associated with heroin and opioid painkillers and reducing the number of opioid-related deaths in New Mexico.
Van Buren Middle School is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Wilson Middle School is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) program leads and facilitates the delivery of a full spectrum of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services proven to reduce the impact of substance use, abuse, and addiction in Los Angeles County.
If you want to get involved in the DEA 360 Strategy you can start by educating yourself on the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic, and then share what you have learned with your family, friends, community, neighbors, etc.
Join a coalition or volunteer with a partnering organization.
Properly dispose of prescription drugs.
If you have prescription drugs that have expired or you no longer need you can deposit them into prescription drop-off boxes located in your community.