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The Impact of Addiction in Washington

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Washington’s substance use, abuse, and addiction rates have followed the trends of the rest of the United States–increasing over the past years. At 30th place, the state ranks quite low for overall drug abuse, however, it ranks 19th for drug addiction. Even though Washington has set up many rehabilitation centers and offers a wide variety of recovery programs, the substance abuse rates have continued to increase in recent years.

Clearly there are a lot of things Washington to enjoy, but that does not mean Washington is without drug issues.

Not only are drugs widely abused in Washington, but they are also easily trafficked in and out of the state. Along with the state’s strategic location on the I-5, the busy ports and airports provide entry points for drugs and drug traffickers. From here the drugs are further distributed into the continental United States.

In the years leading up until 2005, methamphetamine production posed a threatening problem in Washington. In 2006, however, Congress passed the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act. This act restricts the bulk-buying of the chemicals required to produce methamphetamine and anyone purchasing legal amounts of ingredients is registered in a national database. This does not mean methamphetamine is no longer produced in the state. A few small-scale methamphetamine producers remain in Washington–although the bulk of this drug is now imported from Mexico.

The state of Washington also introduced syringe exchange programs throughout several counties. These programs provide drug users with clean needles in an attempt to prevent the spreading of bloodborne diseases.

Worst Drugs in Washington

  1. Methamphetamine abuse is the biggest threat to Washington drug users. It is primarily used by heroin users, or in combination with heroin. More than 75% of heroin users in the state also admit to using meth by itself, and half of all users admit to using it in combination with heroin.
  2. In Washington, opioid abuse has skyrocketed in recent years. From 2006 to 2016, heroin-related overdoses increased by almost 450%. Heroin abuse treatment admissions also tripled between 2002 and 2012.
  3. Due to the low prices and high availability of alcohol, it is one of the most commonly abused substances in Washington. Usage is even more prevalent amongst minors–with 7% of those between 11 and 17 years of age trying alcohol for the first time every year.
  4. The majority of heroin overdoses occurring in Washington are related to prescription opioid use. This is due to prescription opioids serving as gateway drugs for heroin. Washington providers write out more than 55 prescriptions per 100 residents every year. Prescription opioids are also commonly abused by teenagers. Every month, 6% of high schoolers use prescription opioids for non-medical use.
  5. Over 25% of all substance abuse treatment admissions in Washington are for marijuana abuse. Half of these admissions are youngsters under the age of 18. Marijuana is also the second drug of use for one-third of all alcohol abusers.

Impactful Addiction Stats

  1. Between 2007 and 2008, Washington ranked in the top ten states in the nation with the highest rates of substance abuse.
  2. In the last years, prescription opioid overdoses have decreased due to higher control regulations. Subsequently, this has led to heroin-related overdoses increasing in almost every county throughout Washington.
  3. Almost 20% of all annual deaths in Washington are somehow drug and/or alcohol-related. This is much higher than the national average of 12.71%.
  4. In 2004, more than 33% of all those involved in DUI cases in Washington also tested positive for marijuana. This number has remained stable over the past few years.
  5. In 2010, underage binge drinking rates nearly reached 19%. This is more than 10 full points above the national average of 7%.
  6. Between 2002 and 2004, there was a 200% increase in opioid admissions in publicly funded treatment centers in Washington.
  7. Methamphetamine-related overdoses in the Washington Metropolitan Area have increased by more than 500% since 2010.
  8. Since the legalization of marijuana, synthetic drug abuse has increased–particularly in those groups where drug tests are required in the workplace.
  9. While cocaine is not commonly abused in Washington, it is still the drug most often associated with violent crimes and gang activity in the state.
  10. Half of those admitted to rehabilitation programs for marijuana abuse in Washington is between the ages of 12 and 17 years old.

Quick Tips on Finding A Center

Alcohol and drug abuse and addiction are truly complex, causing terrible harm to people’s lives and their families. Fortunately, thousands of treatment facilities throughout the U.S. and more specifically located in Washington are dedicated to starting addicts on the road to recovery and helping them stay on it. The variety of treatment programs is mind-boggling, and the experience of one treatment seeker will differ markedly from that of another. Similarly, the perfect treatment for one recovering addict will be ineffective for another. Our admissions experts are on call 24/7 to help you search.

Health Insurance Providers Covering Drug Addiction Treatment
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