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There are approximately 5,893,617 people that currently reside in Washington as of 2010. Drug and alcohol abuse in is a growing problem.
Alcohol Abuse in Washington
Out of the 5,893,617 people residing in Washington, 2,711,064 do not consume alcohol and 1,591,277 report that they drink alcohol once a week or less. So, 4,243,404 people in Washington do not drink at a level that would be considered unhealthy or abusive. However, 1,473,404 people in Washington 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 Washington 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 554,000 people in Washington abuse some type of illegal drug.
A breakdown of this percentage shows the following:
With such a large number of people in Washington 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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Washington State Facts
Washington Population: 5,893,617
Law Enforcement Officers in Washington: 11,304
Washington Prison Population: 28,300
Washington Probation Population: 165,711
Violent Crime Rate National Ranking: 30
2004 Federal Drug Seizures in Washington
Cocaine: 310.0 kgs.
Heroin: 24.1 kgs.
Methamphetamine: 73.0 kgs.
Marijuana: 8,382.6 kgs.
Ecstasy: 162,661 tablets
Methamphetamine Laboratories: 391 (DEA, state, and local)
Washington Drug Situation: Sharing a border with Canada, Washington is a transshipment point for drugs and monies entering Canada, as well as a Canadian pseudoephedrine, Canadian marijuana (BC Bud), and other drugs entering the United States. Washington has severe clandestine methamphetamine laboratory problems. Mexican National poly-drug organizations dominate the drug trade and many have added MDMA as a drug they can now supply. The greater Yakima Valley is home to large scale poly-drug trafficking organizations responsible for the distribution of drugs throughout the United States.
Cocaine in Washington: Cocaine and crack cocaine are readily available. Crack cocaine is largely limited to inner city areas. Cocaine is consumed in the state, and smuggled into Canada for redistribution, where it commands a higher price than in the United States. According to a recent Royal Canadian Mounted Police report, up to 24 tons of cocaine enter Canada each year. BC Bud marijuana from British Columbia, Canada is sold or traded in the United States for cocaine to be sold in Canada.
Heroin in Washington: Mexican black tar and brown heroin are the primary types of heroin found throughout Washington. Mexican poly-drug trafficking organizations remain the primary source of black tar heroin in Washington. Heroin is smuggled from Mexico to Washington by a variety of methods, including vehicles equipped with concealed compartments.
Methamphetamine in Washington: Methamphetamine is one of the most widely abused controlled substances in Washington. 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-kilogram amounts throughout the state. Canadian pseudoephedrine, utilized in the manufacture of methamphetamine, is frequently seized at clandestine laboratory sites. Washington State continues to see an influx of crystal “ice” methamphetamine.
Club Drugs in Washington: MDMA (Ecstasy) is smuggled into the state from elsewhere in the country, Canada, and Europe. Club drugs are growing in popularity across the state, and have been targeted in several successful investigations by the DEA. Smuggling methods have included MDMA shipped in express mail packages, concealed in lumber, hidden compartments in vehicles, and transported in luggage on international or domestic flights. Mexican National poly-drug traffickers have become more involved in MDMA trade in Washington.
Marijuana in Washington: Marijuana is readily available in multi-pound quantities throughout the state. Three types are normally encountered: locally grown (either from indoor or outdoor grow operations), Canadian BC Bud from British Columbia, and Mexican marijuana. Of these varieties, locally grown sinsemilla and BC Bud are preferred, because they have a far superior THC content than Mexican grown marijuana. Canadian BC Bud is the most prevalent variety in many areas, given the proximity to the border and the extent of cross border smuggling. BC Bud marijuana is sold or traded in the United States for cocaine to be sold in Canada. The arid and warm mountainous areas of Eastern Washington are being utilized by Mexican National organizations to grow multi-thousand plants of marijuana. These large scale marijuana gardens have been found on National Forest land and Native American Tribal lands.
Other Drugs in Washington: The primary method of pharmaceutical drug diversion continues to be forgery and telephone prescriptions by non-registrants. Illegal dispensing and prescribing by practitioners still exists in the state. OxyContin is often the target of criminals involved in burglary and armed robbery. Sting operations in Washington State have found high school students selling Oxycontin, cocaine, and marijuana. Often these drugs were purchased over the internet.
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 12 MET deployments in the State of Washington since the inception of the program: Puyallup, Everett, Chehalis, Thurston/Yelm, Seattle, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Vancouver, Bremerton, Pierce County, Auburn, and Snohomish.
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 has been one RET deployment in the State of Washington since the inception of the program, in Seattle.
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