Medford, Oregon—Drug Abuse

Medford, Oregon

Medford, Oregon: Alcohol and Drug Addiction Information

Medford, Oregon has a population of 63,154 and is located in Jackson County. 

The healthcare industry primarily drives the local economy of Medford. In recent years, however, the local economy has also come to rely heavily on the proceeds from the marijuana industry. Southwest Oregon is known to be the primary location utilized by growers, both medical and illicit.

Aside from the drug industry, local wineries and venues for the performing arts offer entertainments for local residents. Medford also offers parks, spas, golf courses, lakes and nearby rivers for recreation, plus an array of art galleries and museums.

Medford tends to rate higher than the national average in crime rates particularly theft. As with most cities, drug abuse is far from benign—it drives much of the crime in the area. Ask a law enforcement officer about the proportion of crime that relates to some kind of substance abuse—most definitely including alcohol—and usually you will hear a figure from 60% to 90%. Reducing drug abuse in Medford would have the result of reducing crime and civic costs borne by the entire population.

Medford Oregon’s Drug Situation

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reports that marijuana, the most abused illegal drug in Oregon, is readily available. Its abuse, cultivation, and trafficking present significant threats.

Medical marijuana initiatives within the state have created additional challenges as local producers use these laws to conceal their illegal activity. While recreational marijuana is now legal in Oregon, what is not legal is producing the drug to ship out to states where it is not legal.

Law enforcement officers in states bordering Washington, Oregon and Colorado report the seizure of shipments headed to their regions where the drug is still illegal. Some shipments head all the way to Florida or the East Coast. To make matters more complicated, Caucasian, Asian, and Mexican drug trafficking organizations are also involved in the cultivation, transportation and distribution of marijuana.

While a much lower threat, cocaine is still available throughout Oregon. Of the major drugs of abuse, cocaine sends a small but consistent number of people to rehabs in Oregon.

The most common form of heroin encountered in Oregon is Mexican black tar heroin. Mexican drug trafficking organizations primarily control the transportation and distribution of Mexican black tar and brown powdered heroin into and throughout Oregon.

Hispanic street gangs and outlaw motorcycle gangs are involved in the street-level distribution of this drug. Black tar heroin is produced in Mexico and transported from the southwest border states directly to Oregon.

Methamphetamine first showed up as a serious threat on the West Coast since the first supplies of this intensely destructive drug came from Asia.

Meth then swept across the country, wreaking havoc in the Midwest. The East Coast was largely spared this curse but has its own problems with heroin.

In the past, powder methamphetamine was most common; however, recent seizures show a trend toward the more addictive form, crystal methamphetamine. In particular, methamphetamine is involved with a high level of crime ranging from assaults to thefts and child abuse or neglect.

Around college campuses and regions with a younger population, it is common to find higher levels of Ecstasy (MDMA), GHB, ketamine, and LSD. These drugs enter Oregon from a variety of sources: MDMA from Canada, ketamine from Mexico, and GHB and LSD from California.

Prescription drugs send a smaller number of people to rehab than heroin, but the number has been inching up in the last few years. Marijuana and methamphetamine trade second and third place back and forth. The top drug sending people to rehab in Oregon has always been alcohol, as it is in most states.

The Dwindling Spiral Will Continue

For too many people, the dwindling spiral consists of loss of family and self-respect, destroyed careers and chances of employment, and often, homelessness and illness. Of course, too many people lose their lives and Medford is no exception. All the work law enforcement personnel put into removing drugs from the street is not enough to keep people from dying from drug overdoses.

For so many people, the only chance is finding an effective drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. For tens of thousands of people around the world, that answer has been the Narconon drug rehab program. This program helps people repair the harm done by drugs and an addictive lifestyle. Then once people have a brighter outlook on life, sober living skills are taught so each person can choose a productive, enjoyable path from there on out.

Choosing a Drug Rehab and Addiction Treatment Program

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Families looking for drug rehabs are very often overwhelmed by the pressure to save a loved one’s life. They may choose the first rehab that has a bed or one close to home so they can check up on their loved one.

While the situation is desperate, families would still be smart to look closely at a drug rehab program before committing to it. So many rehabs in the Medford area are outpatient only. Many people are so severely addicted that their only hope is to be surrounded by the help they need, 24/7, until they begin to gain the confidence that they can make sober choices on their own. The Narconon program offers this kind of embracive help.

Should the Drug Rehab Location Matter When It Comes to Finding a Solution to Addiction?

There are a number of reasons why the location of a drug rehab matters. The first is that many people do better at rehab if they have some distance from their failures and their problems. It’s pretty safe to say that every person entering rehab has made a shambles of their life. There are financial crises, relationship problems, angry employers and friends and family that feel betrayed.

Having the addicted person step out of that environment for a few months allows everyone to step back from the destruction. Family at home can work on recovering while the addicted person rebuilds. And of course, the addicted person has a few moments to focus on fixing himself or herself. After all the desperation, this is the right project for his or her attention.

Another reason to send an addicted loved one away from home for this period is that you have more choices available to you. In Medford, Oregon, the prevailing types of care available are either Twelve Step and group meetings or medication-assisted treatment that mean those in recovery receive daily doses of methadone or buprenorphine. In fact, around 4,300 people in Oregon are receiving one of these addictive substitutes each day. The result is that the person who wants to recover from addiction is given drugs instead of being able to experience sobriety.

The Narconon program is different. It is an alternative to these conventional rehab programs. No drugs are ever administered—instead, the concentration is on thorough detoxification to brighten outlook, repairing the trauma of the past and teaching sober living skills.

Our program provides people with positive circumstances to increase their chances of a successful recovery. The vast majority of individuals starting our program are from out of state or from other countries.

Narconon New Life Retreat Helps END Addiction and Alcoholism FOR GOOD.

When a person comes to Narconon for their recovery, our intention is that they gain the ability to stay sober for good. We do not believe that addiction is an incurable disease of the brain.

Our graduates often tell us that know they are no longer addicts, that they know how to create a productive, enjoyable and rewarding life for themselves. And that is what they and their families were looking for when they chose a rehab. They chose wisely. They chose Narconon.

Call anytime to speak with one of our counselors about our program. We will take the time to answer your questions whether it be for yourself or a loved one.

It is possible to replace the loss and pain of alcohol or drug addiction with a productive, enjoyable life.

Call now.