Oregon Opiate Addiction Treatment

Drugs are a huge problem in the state of Oregon. For the last ten years, the state has consistently ranked in the top five for all categories of drug use. Opiate abuse in the state has also been a consistent problem. Among 18-26 year olds, the state of Oregon ranks number one in opiate addiction. Among all persons, it ranks number two. Thankfully, if this addiction affects someone you love, help is available.

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  • According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prescription opioids are one of the three classes of the most commonly abused prescription drugs (along with stimulants and CNS depressants).
  • An opioid user can become tolerant to and dependent on the drug without abusing it, but most doctors try to prevent these issues from occurring as much as possible, as they can possibly help lead to abuse down the road.
  • Narcotics Anonymous is a very popular 12-step group that exists for all types of drug users. Family members and friends of addicts can also attend Nar-Anon, another type of 12-step group.
  • Those who abuse opioids, especially heroin, put themselves at risk of contracting HIV and other transmitted diseases. This can occur via a shared needle or through unsafe sex.


  • The overdose death rate in Oregon rose 12.5 percent between 2014 and 2015 from 137 to 150. While this is not statistically significant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is still an opioid abuse problem in Oregon, as in most other states.
  • According to the Oregon Health Authority, “In Oregon in 2013, more drug overdose deaths involved prescription opioids than any other type of drug.”
  • The rate of past year opioid abuse or dependence in the state was among the top 12 states, between 10.8 and 12.9 per 1,000 persons aged 12 years and older (S. Health and Human Services Department).
  • Unfortunately, though, the state had one of the lowest treatment capacities in the country: between 0.7 and 3.0 per 1,000 persons.
  • According to a 2014-2015 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 0.35 percent of all Oregon residents aged 12 years and older had admitted to past year use of heroin. This is higher than the national average (NIDA).


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