Substance Abuse and California Drivers: Understanding the Risk

A recent study by the Florida-based DrugTreatment.com found that California does not have the highest traffic fatalities due

Aug 31
2015

A recent study by the Florida-based DrugTreatment.com found that California does not have the highest traffic fatalities due to drug and alcohol use in the country. However, the state did have an unusually high number of fatalities related to certain types of drugs, which may pose a significant concern for state officials. By understanding which substances are the most problematic in California, officials and others involved with substance abuse issues can focus their prevention efforts on the substances leading to the most deaths.

Where the Numbers were Low
The new study discovered that compared to other states in the nation, California had a relatively low number of substance-related traffic fatalities. The large state, often dubbed a “party” state by the rest of the country, only saw 1.71 fatalities for every 100,000 residents. Compare this number to a state like North Dakota, where the number went up to 8.03 fatalities, and it looks like California drivers may be playing it safer than other areas.

The Stimulant Problem
However, a closer look at the data revealed that while California appeared to be a safer state for accidents related to alcohol or marijuana use, stimulant use seemed to be much higher here than in other states. In fact, four out of the five counties where stimulant-related fatalities were highest were in California; Tulare County, Madera County, Imperial County and Merced County. Madera County also made the top-five list for the most fatalities related to alcohol, coming in at number four.

The Age Factor
The study found that at the age of 21, men were seven times more likely to be involved in fatal accidents stemming from drunk driving than women. Men are also more apt to be associated with these types of fatalities throughout their lives. The good news is that as men age, their odds of being involved in traffic fatalities drop significantly.

Drug and alcohol abuse is dangerous enough without adding the risk of getting behind the wheel. If you are struggling with substance abuse, it is important to get help now before circumstances like this arise. Contact Pasadena Recovery Center today at 866-663-300 to learn about our treatment programs and get the support you need to embrace a safe and sober lifestyle.

Free Insurance Verification
We Most Likely Accept Your Insurance Plan

Sign Up For the Pasadena Weekly Newsletter

News straight into your mail box every week.


Testimonials

Take a look at some testimonials from clients who have completed our program and found a new way of life through Pasadena Recovery Center!

Learn More
  • [Shelly Sprague] did an amazing job with [Seth Binzer] and he’s here and alive because of you, frankly. And that’s the truth. You took the punches and I appreciate it.




    Dr. Drew Pinsky
  • Shelly the Shark, she always has the answers to everything. I want to thank you for being so tough on me




    Former Ultimate Fighting Champion Ricco Rodriguez
  • It’s truly been a miraculous journey for me and I remember how hopeless I felt during my early days of recovery at PRC. Bless you for all you do.




    Michael P.
  • I am doing great, still sober. My wife now trusts me with my kids even alone…Life is much better today for me. I took a new role at my job that I absolutely love! I am grateful for PRC and the tools shown to me.




    Arthur Rivera
  • I learned more during last nights Family Program in the 1 hour and 45 minutes than I did in the 30 hours I spent at another Centers Family Program. If I knew then, what I know now we would have been at PRC first




    Jean Campbell-Morgan

© Copyright 2017 | All Rights Reserved | Pasadena Recovery Center