Drugs in Los Angeles The City of Angels is nothing close to heavenly when it comes to drug addiction is Los Angeles. From prescription drugs to illegal street drugs, addicts run amuck in this Southern California city. In 2014, experts say about 32,826 Los Angeleans checked into local drug abuse treatment programs that year alone. Of that group, 88% had heroin addictions, 30.1% were hooked on crystal meth, 17.5% were marijuana addicts and 16% were alcoholics. Crack cocaine addiction and prescription drug addicts are also very common in L.A.
L.A. has been battling the crystal meth addiction epidemic since back in the mid-1990s. Still, meth usage trends have continued to rise. The Poison Control System attributes the drug with the city’s high rehab admission rates, emergency room non-fatal cases and dirty drug tests. Demographically, the usage divide is more racial than anything, with Los Angeles Hispanics being 61% of the city’s meth addicts.
Heroin addiction in the City of Angels has returned to epidemic status in recent years. In fact, its L.A.’s 4th most popular illegal drug, causing rehab admissions and Los Angeles County Coroner toe tag rates to go through the roof. The drug is most popular among 26 and older white men. In 2012, heroin overdoses and related deaths in L.A. spiked with a 60% increase.