Information on Drugs, Alcohol and Interventions in Oregon
Oregon is a calm and relaxing rural state; however, substance abuse is serious issue which is why drug and alcohol interventions in Oregon are necessary. Several areas of Oregon have even been named HIDTAs (High Density Drug Trafficking Areas). Many shipments of drugs destined for Washington State and Canada travel through Oregon, and some is kept for residents’ use.
In recent years, opioids have been heavily prescribed in the state. The boost it prescriptions has also increased the amount of opioid abuse as well as the amount of opioid deaths. The high prescription rate combined with the high abuse/overdose rate has bumped opioids into the number 1 slot for the most abused drug in Oregon. Following pharmaceutical opioids, psychostimulants (such as Ritalin, Concerta, and Dexedrine) are the second most abused drug in the state. Other major drugs that are being abused are benzodiazepines, methadone, heroin, and alcohol.
Finding Drug Intervention Help in Oregon
We provide intervention services for drug and alcohol abuse across the state of Oregon, including in cities such as Beaverton, Bend, Eugene, Portland, Salem and surrounding areas.
Oregon has been on top of the growing addiction rates in the state and has started putting laws in place to help curb the increasing drug abuse rates. In 2005, Oregon became the first state to pass a legislation that required a doctor’s prescription to buy cold and allergy medicines that contained ephedrine – which is a medication to prevent low blood pressure that is recreationally used as a methamphetamine.
Following the ephedrine legislation, Oregon passed legislation to establish a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in 2009. This allows healthcare providers and pharmacists to provide better medication monitoring for patients. The PMPD has effectively created the support system to regulate prescription drugs. Oregon Legislature also passed a law for a naloxone rescue program. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a drug that is used to restart someone’s breathing who has overdosed due to opioids and heroin. This legislation allows nonprofessionals to carry and use Naloxone on others once they pass naloxone training.
Oregon Drug Facts
• Opioids were the most abused drug within Oregon in 2012
• The age group that experienced the highest overdose death rates in 2012 were between the ages of 45-54 years old.
• In Oregon, the overdose rate in females is 1.2 times the overdose rate in males.
• In 2012, prescription opioids were the cause of 23% of the overdose deaths in Oregon. Heroin and alcohol were next in line both tying at 16%.
Why Choose Intervention Services for Your Loved One in Oregon?
As a company founded by a family who has struggled with substance abuse, we know what it is like to have a major rift within the household that comes from drugs and alcohol. We have taken our experiences, turned them into our passion, and created Intervention Services Inc. to help families just like yours all over the nation.
Intervention Services Inc. is the largest intervention service provider in North America, delivering around 400 successful interventions per year. Call now to speak to one of our qualified substance abuse counselors and interventionist specialists and get the help your loved one truly deserves.