Prescription Opioid Abuse
Los Angeles County

This dashboard serves to track patterns in prescription opioid abuse and its consequences, including prevalence of abuse, perceptions regarding use, prescriptions, healthcare utilization, deaths, opioid use disorder treatment, and safe disposal of prescription opioids in Los Angeles County. Data on heroin is also available. This data supports the efforts of SafeMedLA, the prescription drug abuse coalition of Los Angeles County. 

Although prescription drugs are legally prescribed by doctors and can be helpful in treating certain conditions they were prescribed for, non-medical use of them is illegal, and can be very dangerous. Prescription opioids are chemically similar to heroin, with similar addiction potential and can lead to serious adverse health outcomes, including respiratory depression induced decreased level of consciousness, seizures, muscle spasms, and death.

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Key Indicators: Los Angeles County

Treatment Resources

For information on substance use disorder treatment service availability in LAC, call the Substance Abuse Service Helpline (SASH) at 844-804-7500, or use the web-based Service & Bed Availability Tool (SBAT).

Updated 12/7/2022

This story was developed by the Health Outcomes and Data Analytics (HODA) Branch of the Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC) Program in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. For information regarding this story, please contact Tina Kim, PhD at

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