Archives for January 25, 2024

Sergei, January 26 Pet of the Week

awwwww! Too adorable!

Brave Sergei had his leg mangled by a raccoon, and shelter veterinarians had to amputate the leg and quarantine him for six months until he was cleared for rabies. Through Sergei’s isolation, volunteers visited him and sent their love through the kennel bars because they couldn’t physically interact with him. He’s now all through with iso and is a solemn, affectionate, chill, tripod fellow who gets around his kennel just fine. He needs a loving home where he can get all the love and hugs he’s missed during all those months and stretch his three legs! To adopt or foster Sergei, email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to speed the process, or call (562) 570-7387. Better yet, meet her in person at Long Beach Animal Care Services, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, at entrance to El Dorado Park (no parking fee for shelter visitors). Ask for ID#A703457.

20 Addiction and Substance Abuse Facts That Might Shock You

Substance abuse is rampant. You might avoid it, though, if you hear the facts that go with it. Let’s examine some.

Fentanyl and Heroin

Fentanyl can be up to an alarming 50 times stronger than heroin. Fentanyl side effects can be awful, even if you ingest it accidentally and it doesn’t kill you.

Fentanyl and Morphine

Fentanyl can also be up to an astonishing 100 times stronger than morphine. Morphine is already very powerful, so this information is staggering.

Opioid Deaths

In the US, about 150 people die daily from synthetic opioids. These include fentanyl deaths.

Young Americans

Americans from age 18-25 are the most likely to use illegal drugs. Consider this if you have a teenager.

Americans Before Age 13

More than 70% of those who tried drugs or alcohol before age thirteen develop an addiction.

Mental Illness and Drug Use

Approximately 9.5 million Americans with a substance use disorder also have a mental illness. Often, they’re trying to self-medicate.

The Federal Budget

In 2020, $35 billion was the federal budget for drug control. That number just keeps going up.

Opioid User Percentages

About 24% of people with a drug problem have an opioid addiction or dependency.

Those Who Use Illicit Drugs

Of those who use illicit drugs, approximately 25% become addicted.

Millions of Americans with Addiction Issues

Nearly 21 million US residents are estimated to have at least one addiction.

How Many Get Treatment?

Of those 21 million, only about 10% end up actively seeking treatment.

Alcohol Deaths

Of those who use alcohol in the long term, many end up eventually dying from it. Overall, approximately 47,500 American deaths each year can be linked to long-term alcohol use.

Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths

Alcohol plays a part in many car wrecks. Drivers with a BAC of 0.15 or over cause nearly 70% of alcohol-related driving deaths.

Yearly US Driving Death Stats

In America, about 10,500 people die each year in alcohol-related car wrecks.

Adults with Alcohol Use Disorder in America

In the US, about 20% of adults have alcohol use disorder, sometimes called alcoholism. That’s one out of every five people you meet.

How Many Seek Treatment?

Of the adults grappling with alcoholism, only about 7% ever seek treatment for it. Of this number, some also relapse.

How Many Die in the US Each Year from Alcohol?

In America, alcohol kills about 95,000 people each year. This number includes long-term use deaths and deaths from acute alcohol poisoning.

Worldwide Alcohol Deaths

Alcohol is responsible for killing about 2.3 million people worldwide yearly. Alcohol problems are prevalent in many countries.

Young Americans and Alcohol Use

In the US, 1 out of every ten individuals over age 12 has alcohol use disorder. Some drinkers start that young if they see those around them doing it.

Yearly Opioid Overdoses

In the US, opioid overdoses kill about 50,000 people every year.

Think about these stats the next time you’re considering a drinking binge or popping a pill.