Between 2000 and 2009, there were a reported 8,625 drug-related deaths in Los Angeles County in the US state of California. Out of these deaths, 61 percent were due to prescription drugs overdose or over-the-counter medications.
According to a report by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Heath, 11 percent of the county’s 9th graders and 14 percent of the 11th graders admitted to misusing prescription drugs within the past year.
Between 2005 and 2010, there were over 6,500 admissions into publicly funded substance abuse centers where prescription drugs were reported as the main issue. Over 70 percent of these cases were for treatment for opioid pain relievers.
Source: “Prescription Drug Abuse in Los Angeles County: Background and Recommendations for Action,” Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control, January 2013.