Orange County Health Care Agency reported an increase in drug-related overdose deaths (of 88% between 2000 and 2017).

Hospitalization rates in Orange County studies show that the rates for alcohol and drug-related issues in Orange County have not shown any significant improvement since 2011. Almost half of the hospital visits (48%) were patients with symptoms displaying psychological side-effects caused by drug or alcohol withdrawal. Almost 24% of these visits were described as chronic alcohol or drug dependence syndrome. The most common contributor to hospitalization was alcohol (11.2%), followed by opioids (6%).

In 2014, there were 51.4 mental health and substance abuse hospitalizations in Orange County per 10,000 residents.

From 2011 to 2013, 56% of patients opted for an outpatient treatment program, while 44% of admissions belonged to residential programs which lasted more than one month.

The OCHCA reported that, as a general trend, treatment in an outpatient or long-term residential program has a positive effect on a patient’s quality of life. For instance, 53% of patients stopped using their primary drug of choice after treatment. Patients’ legal status also showed significant improvement, with 65% fewer arrests before discharge, 74% fewer jail sentences, and 78% fewer prison sentences. Moreover, behavioral therapy also had a positive effect on patients’ employment status as 107% more adults were employed after discharge.

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