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There are approximately 3,419,990 people that currently reside in Oregon as of 2010. Drug and alcohol abuse in is a growing problem.
Alcohol Abuse in Oregon
Out of the 3,419,990 people residing in Oregon, 1,573,195 do not consume alcohol and 923,397 report that they drink alcohol once a week or less. So, 2,462,393 people in Oregon do not drink at a level that would be considered unhealthy or abusive. However, 854,998 people in Oregon drink enough alcohol on a regular basis to be considered abusers of alcohol.
Getting yourself or someone you love into an alcohol treatment center is vital to recovering from alcohol abuse. There are 75,000 alcohol related deaths each year with an annual economic cost of 184 billion dollars.
Studies on the effects of alcohol advertising on adults in the state of Oregon do not show a strong connection between alcohol advertisements and alcohol consumption. However, studies on the effects of alcohol advertising consistently indicate that children in that are exposed to these types of advertisements are more likely to have a favorable attitude toward drinking alcohol and are more likely to become underage drinkers and communicate the intention to most likely drink as an adult.
Drug Abuse Statistics in
Approximately 321,479 people in Oregon abuse some type of illegal drug.
A breakdown of this percentage shows the following:
With such a large number of people in Oregon abusing drugs or alcohol, it is critical to help these individuals get into some type of drug or alcohol treatment program. Addictionca.com provides a wide range of information on all types of drug and alcohol facilities in . If you need further information, you can call and speak to one of our registered drug counselors for assistance in finding a drug and/or alcohol treatment facility. These services are provided free of charge and the call is toll-free.
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Oregon State Facts
Oregon Population: 3,419,990
Law Enforcement Officers in Oregon: 7,160
Oregon Prison Population: 18,000
Oregon Probation Population: 46,063
Violent Crime Rate National Ranking: 34
2004 Federal Drug Seizures in Oregon
Cocaine: 2.8 kgs.
Heroin: 1.2 kgs.
Methamphetamine: 35.2 kgs.
Marijuana: 123.7 kgs.
Ecstasy: 152 tablets
Methamphetamine Laboratories: 322 (DEA, state, and local)
Oregon Drug Situation: Oregon is a transshipment point for controlled substances smuggled to Washington and Canada, as well as a consumer site. Oregon is a source of marijuana and has a growing number of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories.
Cocaine in Oregon: Cocaine is available; however, it is not the preferred drug with most drug abusers in the state. Heroin and methamphetamine continue to be preferred by most drug abusers. Hispanic traffickers are the most common sources of cocaine in Oregon which is sold to Caucasian distributors. Crack cocaine is available but more so in the areas of Salem and southern Oregon. Hispanic violators are the most common sources of cocaine in Oregon which is sold to Caucasian distributors. Crack cocaine is available but more so in the areas of Salem and southern Oregon.
Heroin in Oregon: Mexican black tar and brown heroin are the primary types of heroin distributed throughout Oregon, controlled by Hispanic poly-drug trafficking organizations. Heroin continues to be shipped from Mexico by a variety of methods, primarily by vehicles with hidden compartments. Heroin typically is transported overland to Portland via the Interstate 5 corridor from source cities in Mexico through traffickers in California. Many of the Hispanic traffickers belong to extended Mexican families from regions such as Nayarit and Michoacan, where traffickers use their familial contacts in Mexico and California to smuggle heroin into the state. These organizations also traffic in cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana (of Mexican origin).
Methamphetamine in Oregon: Methamphetamine is one of the most widely abused controlled substances in Oregon. Two "varieties" are generally encountered: Mexican methamphetamine, which is either manufactured locally or obtained from sources in Mexico, California or other Southwest Border states, and methamphetamine which is produced locally by area violators. Of the two types, Mexican methamphetamine continues to flood the market. Methamphetamine is available in multi-pound amounts throughout western Oregon, and smaller quantities are available in Eastern Oregon. Canadian pseudoephedrine, utilized in the manufacture of methamphetamine, is frequently seized at clandestine laboratory sites. Crystal “ice” methamphetamine is increasing in availability and is the exclusive type of methamphetamine available in central Oregon. In the greater Portland area a rise in syphilis cases accompanied the popularity rise of crystal methamphetamine and health officials fear it may fuel a surge in HIV infections.
Club Drugs in Oregon: MDMA (Ecstasy) is available throughout the state, and multi-kilogram seizures are common. It is accessible in varying quantities in the larger cities and on college campuses, as well as outlying areas. MDMA is often traded for high grade marijuana, either grown locally or BC Bud marijuana from British Columbia, Canada. GHB laboratories have been seized in conjunction with methamphetamine laboratories. Mexican Ketamine is also smuggled into the state. MDMA is often traded for high grade marijuana, either grown locally or BC Bud marijuana from British Columbia, Canada.
Marijuana in Oregon: Marijuana is readily available in Oregon. The majority of marijuana available in Portland is cultivated in home grow operations. Multi-thousand plant outdoor marijuana growing gardens have been discovered on national forest land in southern Oregon which indoor marijuana grows of similar size have been found in buried shipping containers.
Canadian and domestic marijuana in the Portland area is available in multi pound amounts. Mexican marijuana is present, but not prevalent. Mexican grown marijuana is transported using existing heroin and methamphetamine distribution routes and methods. It is typically transported overland via Interstate 5 and U.S. Highway 101 in western Oregon. Traffickers typically use passenger vehicles fitted with hidden compartments or attempt to otherwise conceal the drugs within the vehicle. Canadian marijuana smugglers use passenger vehicles, fishing vessels, private aircraft (fixed wing and helicopters), and "mules" to smuggle the drug into the state. Traffickers take advantage of rural airfields to smuggle large quantities of marijuana.
Other Drugs in Oregon: The most commonly abused pharmaceutical drugs in the state are hydrocodone (Vicodin) and benzodiazepines (Xanax and Klonopin). Hydrocodone for street sales has been smuggled into the state via mail parcels from California. Soma is a Schedule IV controlled drug in Oregon and is often used in combination with narcotic analgesics. The most prevalent methods of diversion are pharmacy theft and fraudulent prescriptions. Hydrocodone for street sales has been smuggled into the state via mail parcels from California.
DEA Mobile Enforcement Teams: This cooperative program with state and local law enforcement counterparts was conceived in 1995 in response to the overwhelming problem of drug-related violent crime in towns and cities across the nation. There have been 409 deployments completed resulting in 16,763 arrests of violent drug criminals as of February 2004. There have been six MET deployments in the State of Oregon since the inception of the program: Woodburn, Madras, Klamath Falls, Washington County, Keizer, and Portland.
DEA Regional Enforcement Teams: This program was designed to augment existing DEA division resources by targeting drug organizations operating in the United States where there is a lack of sufficient local drug law enforcement. This Program was conceived in 1999 in response to the threat posed by drug trafficking organizations that have established networks of cells to conduct drug trafficking operations in smaller, non-traditional trafficking locations in the United States. Nationwide, there have been 22 deployments completed resulting in 608 arrests of drug trafficking criminals as of February 2004. There have been no RET deployments in the State of Oregon.
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