Like the rest United States, the State of Idaho is dealing with a seemingly ever-growing problem with substance abuse - alcoholism, illicit drug addiction, and especially opioid abuse - both of street heroin and prescription painkillers. Each year, many lives are lost owing to fatal overdoses or accidents stemming from opioid abuse.
Because of the unique geography and the amount of drug traffic entering Idaho, Ada and Canyon Counties are part of the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. How prevalent is the drug threat in this HIDTA? In 2015, 107 Drug Trafficking Organizations and 7 Money Laundering Organizations were operating in the area, and during the first five months of 2016, another nine DTO's were identified.
In 2014, 212 people in Idaho died due to fatal overdoses, most of them because of opioids. Between 1999 and 2013, the number of Idaho deaths attributable to drug misuse more than doubled.
Before effective solutions can be found, it is first necessary to have a good understanding of the scope of the problem. To that end, here are some surprising addiction statistics about the state of Idaho:
One characteristic of addiction is continued consumption despite negative consequences. An example of a substance-related behavior that causes negative consequences is Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or drugs. Take a look at some 2015 statistics from the Idaho Transportation Department. Impaired driving resulted in:
1 out of 5 high school students in Idaho have used a prescription drug without having a prescription. According to a 2013 report; "Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic", Idaho's rate of drug overdoses is double what it was in 1999.
The Idaho Press reports that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration believes that the abuse of illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs takes the life of an Idaho resident every 45 hours.
Within the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), prescription opioids accounted for 62% of all seized controlled medications in 2015. The amount of heroin seized by Idaho State Police jumped 800% between 2014 and 2015.
According to the ISP, heroin cases handled by the Domestic Highway Enforcement Team skyrocketed 775% during that same one-year timeframe. Another 67% of respondents of the National Drug Threat Survey said that methamphetamines were highly available —the highest percentage in at least seven years.
Among Oregon-Idaho law enforcement officers responded to the NDTS:
In the most recent year where data is available (2013), methamphetamine was the most-frequently-cited primary drug problem of people admitted to Idaho treatment facilities at a rate of 42%.
It is obvious that there are several areas of concern in the State of Idaho - patterns of drug availability, use, and overdoses trending upward. This means that timely and effective education, prevention, intervention, and treatment programs are more important than ever.
16% of Idaho high school students report taking a prescription medication without a doctor's prescription at least once during their lifetimes (Idaho Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2013). In 2013, an Idahoan died every 39 hours from drugs.
The drug-induced death rate in Idaho has more than tripled since 2000 (Idaho Vital Statistics, 2013). This rise is greatly attributed to the increase in prescription drug abuse among local residents.
Although the proportion of publicly funded non-heroin opiate admissions has decreased since 2012, the percent in 2014 is almost double what it was in 2004 (Idaho TEDS).
In 2014, 6.5 million Americans reported the non-medical use of prescription psychotherapeutics within the previous month. This is greater than the number of Americans who used cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants in the previous month combined (per the NSDUH, 2014). Over 52%of past month users say they obtained their prescription opioid pain relievers from a friend or relative for free.
Of those friends and relatives, 85.3%reported getting their medication from one doctor (per the NSDUH, 2014). In 2012 in the United States, a baby was born suffering from opioid withdrawal every 25 minutes (per Patrick et al., 2015).
Fortunately, Idaho has multiple drug and substance abuse rehabs. There are many types of treatment centers such as long term addiction treatment facilities, short term drug abuse treatment, outpatient detoxification programs, outpatient substance abuse treatment services, inpatient drug abuse treatment and others.
There is a vast range of drug and alcohol rehab facilities available. They include individual psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy, couple/family therapy, trauma therapy, trauma-related counseling, cognitive/behavior therapy and others, to name a few. If you need rehab in Idaho, place a call to any of the available rehab centers.
If you are addicted to alcohol or drugs, it is imperative that you look for professional help as soon as you possibly can. However, you might not know where to start or the options that are open to you. Similarly, you may have little to no idea about the differences between the different treatment facilities and the programs they have in store for their patients.
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