Substance Use in Los Angeles County
Did You Know?
- An estimated 740,000 Los Angeles County residents struggle with a Substance Use Disorder.1
- An average of 500 accidental opioid-related deaths in recent years, with 830 in 2019 and 1,506 in 2020.2
Substance Use Disorders not only affect the person with the condition—it impacts their families, friends and the community. That’s why it’s important to know that Substance Use Disorder treatment is available, and that it works!
Drug overdose caused individuals, on average, to die 30 years prematurely in LA County3
Drug overdose deaths in LA County 2006 – 20174
Percentage of people who need treatment, but do not get it.5
- “National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2012-2014 and 2014-2016 Average Age Group and Substate Regions Tables: Percentages, Annual Averages Based on 2012-2014 or 2014-2016 NSDUHs.
- An average of 500 accidental opioid-related deaths in recent years, with 830 in 2019 and 1,506 in 2020. Source: “Overdose Deaths.” SafeMedLA.
Accessed April 22, 2022.
- LA County Department of Public Health Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology. Mortality in Los Angeles County 2013: Leading causes of death and premature death with trends for 2004-2013.
- SAPC Data Brief: Prescription (Rx) Opioid Misuse/Abuse and Consequences (March 2019).
- Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2018). 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD.