Drug use in Oregon is, on average, higher than that of the rest of the country. In the United States, about 2.5% of people struggle with addiction to an illicit substance; In Oregon the rate is just under 4%. The largest portion of drug addicts in the United States are between the ages of 12 and 17. Among this group about 12.5% of Oregon’s residents are addicted to an illegal substance. In the rest of the country, less than 10% of 12 to 17 year olds are dependent on drugs. Alcohol abuse is also more common in Oregon than the rest of the country. In the state, just under 9% of residents aged 12 and older are dependent on alcohol.

The most frequently abused drug in Oregon is marijuana. Among those in addiction treatment centers in the state, about 40% say that marijuana is their primary drug abused. Stimulants were the second most popular response with 31% saying they are their primary drug. The third most frequently cited substance was heroin at 17%. Prescription pain-killers were mentioned by about 10% of respondents and cocaine was the fifth most abused drug in the state at about 3%.

Find drug and alcohol rehab help in Oregon

The majority of Oregon’s residents that struggle with addiction never receive the treatment they need to overcome their dependence. In the state, only 14% of people addicted to illicit substances ever find the treatment they need to overcome their affliction. An even smaller percentage of heavy alcohol abusers enroll in a rehabilitation program. Less than 7% of Oregon’s alcoholics receive treatment.

In Oregon there are 213 treatment facilities offering programs that help patients overcome addiction to drugs or alcohol. Many of the recovery locations in the state are owned and operated privately, but there are also many facilities that are run by the local, state, or federal government. 142 of the 213 centers are exclusively for people who are overcoming addiction. The other 71 offer addiction rehabilitation services along with other mental health services.

Anyone in Oregon who is struggling with addiction is strongly urged to find immediate assistance with their dependence. Addiction recovery is a very individualized process, so many factors need to be considered when finding a program. People also frequently find it helpful to contact a rehabilitation referral service in their search.

Oregon Behavioral Health Resources

Oregon Health Authority
500 Summer Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-1118
Phone Number: (503)-945-5763
Fax Number: (503)-378-8467
Web Site: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/amh/Pages/index.aspx