Siskiyou County Data
Like much of rural Northern California, Siskiyou County’s opioid prescription and opioid dosing rates are higher than the state average.
Between 2014 and 2019, the number of opioid prescriptions written in Siskiyou county fell by more than half.
Between 2015 and 2020, the number of prescribers certified to prescribe buprenorphine increased from one to 18.
Between 2012 and 2018, the number of Siskiyou County residents who were taking both benzodiazepines and opioids dropped by almost 35%.
Although many of these rates are showing drastic declines, the overall death rate nationwide from opioid overdose continues to rise due to the increases in use of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl which is 80-100 times stronger than morphine.
Figure 1. Number of overdose deaths involving opioids in California, by opioid category. Drug categories presented are not mutually exclusive, and deaths may have involved more than one substance. Source: CDC WONDER, 2020
The dosages that are being taken are not as strong.
The number of residents on dosages that put them at risk for overdose have dropped significantly.