Tacoma, the county seat of Pierce County, is the third largest city in Washington State. It also represents the center of business activity for the South Sound region. Tacoma’s geographical position gives it both economic and touristic advantages. It’s location on Puget Sound gave Tacoma the opportunity to became a port city that came to represent a center of international trade on the northern Pacific coast. It’s port has grown to become the largest in Washington State. The beaches, waterfront parks, and Mt. Rainier (originally called Takhoma), are big attractions for tourists. However, drug and alcohol abuse is becoming a large problem. Fortunately, Tacoma drug treatment centers are ready and available to help right away!
Like other cities in the US, Tacoma struggles with substance abuse. However, Tacoma’s statistics on substance abuse and addiction are lower than in other regions like the Midwest and the East Coast.
Tacoma’s biggest problem is the abuse of toxic substances: methamphetamines, heroin, and prescription opioid painkillers. The University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute provided us with the following data. Around 4% of people between 12 and 17 years old from Pierce County are illicit drug dependent. Furthermore, 3% are either abusing alcohol or dependent on it. These numbers are higher than the percentage for adolescent toxic substance use in the US as a whole.
At the same time, 9% of Pierce County residents age 18-25 used pain relievers for non-medical purposes within the past year. Therefore, in Pierce County, 4 out of 5 people that abuse painkillers become heroin addicts.
According to the CDC statistical data, drug-related mortalities in Pierce County is consistently increasing.
From 2002 to 2013 the rate of opiate death in Pierce County rose by 32%. At the same time, drunk drivers caused 45% of the driving deaths in 2013 in the Tacoma area, which is higher than the state average.
In 2014 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration prepared the Washington Behavioral Health Barometer; 90% of Washington state residents needed help in treating drug or alcohol addiction but did not get it. However, the number of people seeking treatment in Pierce county increased by 340%. Taking into account that the number of addicts is also consistently increasing, the number of people seeking treatment is still very low.
According to the SAMHSA, the US Government has allocated more than $823,000 to help fund drug and alcohol treatment programs for addicts in Tacoma. The grant programs aim to help addicts recover from the co-morbid effects of chemical dependency and mental health disorders. Also, they assist the process of reintegration into the community, prevent and reduce alcohol use among youth, etc.
There have been some breakthroughs on the national level as well. Last year, Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act and the CARA (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act), which allocated more than $1 Billion in an effort to aid treatment efforts all around the country.
Treating and breaking free from an addiction is possible and the help you need is close at hand. Get Treatment has a list of several of the highest-ranking Tacoma Drug Treatment facilities and rehab centers in your area that aim to help you recovering.
You can find listings with rehab facilities for individuals with private insurance. Otherwise, we have medicaid-accepting facilities for the under-insured or uninsured.
Our addiction Counselors at Tacoma Drug Treatment centers are always available at (855) 638-9268 to conduct free assessments and insurance verifications. They are always there to help you choose the best facility and type of treatment you need. We can help you find Tacoma Drug Treatment centers. Don’t hesitate, call us and we’ll help you get your sobriety back!