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Substance use disorders are an important public health concern in Riverview, as they are in many other parts of Florida and the United States.
Riverview is located in Hillsborough County in the western part of Florida south of Brandon and about 14 miles southeast of Tampa. The rate of drug-related overdose deaths in Hillsborough County continues to rise year after year, with opioid-related deaths being more prevalent than other types of drug-related deaths.1
In 2015, there were 182 drug overdose deaths in Hillsborough County, nearly 75% of which were caused by opioids.1 In 2016 and 2017, the number of drug overdose deaths rose to 222 and 229.1 The percentage of opioid-related deaths that occurred in each of these years was 73% and 78%.1 According to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner, cocaine has been observed in a higher number of drug-related overdose deaths starting in 2017, along with kratom, fentanyl, and synthetic marijuana (Spice).1
Alcohol is the primary drug of choice among the majority of residents in Hillsborough County who receive addiction treatment, followed by marijuana and opioids, including heroin.1 The number of heroin treatment admissions in the county increased by more than 315% from 2012 to 2017.1
Alcohol misuse is problematic among Hillsborough County youth as well, which includes youth in Riverview.2 In 2020, an estimated 14.5% of local middle school and high school students reported using alcohol at least once during the last 30 days.2 Another 6% of Hillsborough County youth reported binge drinking during the last 30 days, and another 15% reported experiencing memory blackouts.2
Riverview and its neighboring cities within a 10-mile radius are home to a total of 16 facilities that offer treatment services for mental health and substance use disorders.3 This makes up nearly 31% of all substance abuse and mental health treatment centers in Hillsborough County.3 Fortunately, the majority of rehab facilities in Hillsborough County are located in Tampa, which is only 15 miles from Riverview.3
There are no dedicated opioid treatment programs (OTPs) in Riverview. However, there are 2 OTPs in Tampa that offer detox and opioid maintenance medications for those with heroin and prescription opioid use disorders.4 Additionally, there are 41 buprenorphine practitioners in Riverview who can prescribe this opioid maintenance medication in an outpatient setting to patients with opioid use disorder.3
Self-help support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) can serve as an effective source of support and encouragement to people in recovery from substance use disorders.5 AA and NA should not be used as a substitute for medications and other forms of addiction treatment, but as a source of ongoing support during and after formal treatment.5
Those who live in Riverview and want to attend an AA meeting can visit the official website for the Tri-County Central Office Tampa AA to locate nearby meetings.6 Riverview residents interested in attending an NA meeting can find a list of nearby meetings on the official NA website.7 Most NA meetings near Riverview are in Brandon and Tampa.7