Washington Addiction Treatment

Washington addiction treatmentDuring 2006, there were 37,317 admissions to alcohol and drug treatment centers in Washington. There were 35,630 such treatment admissions during 2005. In 2004, there were 32,022 admissions to drug treatment programs in the state. Approximately 155,000 Washington citizens reported needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use within the past year.

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Washington Drug Addiction

Sharing a border with Canada, Washington is a transshipment point for drugs and monies entering Canada, as well as Canadian marijuana (street name BC Bud), MDMA (street name Ecstasy) and other drugs entering the United States. Canadian criminal organizations have used profits from the sale of high-potency BC Bud marijuana to purchase cocaine for redistribution in Canada. In particular, Vietnamese organized crime groups and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs such as the Hell's Angels are suspected of heavy involvement in this activity. Crystal methamphetamine is widely available in Washington and distributed by Mexican drug trafficking organizations. The greater Yakima Valley is home to large scale drug trafficking organizations responsible for the distribution of drugs throughout the United States. Money laundering and bulk cash smuggling are additional threats in Washington, with organizations engaging in a variety of methods to legitimize and reposition illicit proceeds.

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Washington Drug Information

Methamphetamine is a widely abused drug in Washington and one which impacts all levels of the community. Crystal methamphetamine (aka "ice"), which dominates the market as the preferred form of methamphetamine, is readily available throughout the state. Mexican drug trafficking organizations are primarily responsible for the importation and distribution of methamphetamine in Washington, most of which is now produced in Mexico. Clandestine methamphetamine lab activity within the state has decreased over the years. This is likely due in part to state and federal legislation, which has hindered accessibility to chemicals such as pseudoephedrine.

In the United States, prescription drugs are the second most abused drug by youth. The primary methods of diversion of legitimate pharmaceuticals continues to be illegal dispensing and prescribing by physicians, illegal distribution by pharmacists, prescription forgery, doctor shopping, and drug thefts from pharmacies, nursing homes, and hospitals. Pharmacy burglaries are prevalent throughout the state and Diversion Investigators are also encountering pharmaceuticals that have been purchased via the Internet without a doctor's prescription. The abuse and trafficking of oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percocet, Percodan), hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab), and anabolic steroids continues to be a concern, while methadone addiction has increased dramatically in Washington. We can assist you to find Washington drug rehab options that don't use replacement drugs as a form of treatment.

DEA Offices & Telephone Nos:
Blaine: 360-332-8692
Seattle: 206-553-5443
Spokane: 509-353-2964
Tri-Cities: 509-374-3444
Yakima: 509-454-4407

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