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What is the Drug Situation in Washington?

Although the state of Washington has one the highest drug induced death rates and surpasses the national average of past month drug usage at 10%, the state has been also seeing a lot of positive change since the legalization of marijuana.  Joining Colorado as one of the first two states to legally regulate marijuana, the Evergreen State has seen dramatic decreases in low level drug-related crimes.

Marijuana is the most commonly cited drug of use among primary drug treatment admissions in Washington but opiates continue to also be an issue of concern for Washington. Much like the rest of the U.S., it is taking over with no discrimination, affecting people at all levels of society.

Quick Facts on Substance Abuse Issues in Washington

  • Since the legalization of marijuana, Washington’s low-level drug-related crime rate is down by 98% in adults aged 21 and older and they’ve raised $83 million in tax revenues that fund substance abuse treatment programs in King County, Pierce County, and Snohomish County to name a few.
  • The state has seen increased marijuana usage since November 2012, when Initiative 502 passed and the Washington State Patrol reported that THC positive DUI cases increased by approximately 30 percent in 2013.
  • Primary heroin admissions in the first half of 2013 represented 21.1% of all admissions with young adults aged 18-29 were the fastest growing age group by both primary treatment admissions and drug-induced death data in Seattle, Washington.
  • Overdose prevention and education as well as take-home naxalone distribution are slowly increasing across Washington through syringe exchanges, clinician prescribing, pharmacies, and jails.
  • Health officials nationwide are seeing an increase in heroin use since prescription painkillers are becoming more difficult to obtain. Heroin has moved from large cities, like Seattle, into smaller suburbs and towns.
  • Misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers alone costs the country an estimated $53.4 billion a year in lost productivity, medical costs and criminal justice costs.
  • Washington received nine out of 10 possible indicators of promising strategies to help curb prescription drug abuse. Nationally, 28 states and Washington, D.C. scored six or less, with New Mexico and Vermont scoring the highest, with a 10, and South Dakota scoring the lowest with two out of 10.

Getting treatment in Washington

If you or a loved one are suffering from substance abuse addiction in Washington state, whether your drug of choice is heroin, cannabis, cocaine, prescription painkillers or alcohol, now is the time for you to think about admission to a drug treatment program.

The compassionate addiction specialists at recoveryas.com will help you find the treatment program that will lead you or your loved one back to a life of sobriety. Take the first step toward a fulfilling life by calling us toll free today at 1 (877) 968-6283.

If your insurance coverage is with one of the following companies, recoveryas.com will assist you in finding the help you need. We can work with any PPO coverage and also offer affordable self-pay and financing options for addiction treatment.

Recoveryas.com will never charge you a fee for our placement services, so call 1 (877) 968-6283 now to speak with one of our caring addiction specialists about treatment options in Washington or wherever you prefer to be.