Substance Abuse in South Lake Tahoe - 4x the national average
Analysis of the Community Health Needs Assessment indicated that substance abuse, limited health care access and mental health are the top three medical issues in the South Shore, according to a presentation by Barton Health's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Clint Purvance.
Barton Memorial Hospital posted the assessment online in September 2012 as a way to identify health gaps throughout South Lake Tahoe and portions of El Dorado and Douglas counties. The survey, which compiled information from existing county records and 400 area participants, compared South Shore health statistics to those at national and state levels.
In some instances, Tahoe fell far behind those regional or national norms.
Take substance abuse in South Lake Tahoe, which is four times higher than the national average. The Community Health Needs Assessment found that there were more drug-induced deaths per capita in the Barton service area than in either California or the U.S. And almost 29 percent of people in the survey area binge drink compared to 16.7 percent nationally.
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