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Rehabs in Olympia, Washington, have seen simultaneous increases in rates of substance abuse and homelessness. Still, drunk driving remains an issue.

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Drug Abuse Trends in Olympia, Washington

The capital of the state of Washington, Olympia is also the county seat of Thurston County. With a population of 46,479 as of 2010, the city is a cultural hub at the southern tip of the Puget Sound area. Because the city is within 60 miles of Seattle’s metropolitan borders, crime and substance abuse rates tend to follow those of the Emerald City. As such, the Opioid Epidemic has had a major impact on the region. However, increasing rates of drunk driving threaten to overtake synthetic opioids and heroin as the most dangerous substance of abuse.

Heroin Abuse in Olympia

Beginning in the mid-2000s, Thurston County began taking steps to combat the effects of the Opioid Epidemic. While prescription opioid overdose deaths have fallen, heroin overdose has continued to rise at a rapid pace. Subsequently, Olympia opened several syringe exchanges across the area. Between 2006 and 2014, there was a 500% increase in syringes exchanged by the county. In 2013, the program reportedly handed out 1.2 million clean syringes to prevent diseases like Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS from spreading further.

Treatment admissions for opioids climbed 197% across the state of Washington in 2015. Still, all drug-related deaths went up by 31% in that time. Opioid-related deaths also increased by approximately a third. In 2013, research revealed that only 3 of 5 doctors authorized to prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction had written at least one prescription for it. This, despite the 134.7% increase in opioid addiction admissions in Thurston County between 2002 and 2013.

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Drunk Driving Rates Climbing in Olympia

For years, alcohol has been a primary substance of abuse in the Olympia area. Within the 27 blocks of downtown Olympia, public drinking, in particular, has become a mounting problem for residents. In 2014, approximately 8 of 10 arrests in the downtown area were for public drinking and urination. In fact, all calls to downtown police for help increased by 50% between 2009 and 2014.

Additionally, rates of excessive drinking and drunk driving remain higher than the national average. According to law enforcement, most incidents of impaired driving result from poly-drug use. The most common combination is alcohol and marijuana, though other depressants (i.e. painkillers) are often co-abused prior to driving. The number of fatal traffic crashes involving poly-drug impaired drivers has increased an average of 15% each year since 2012. In 2017, a quarter of all traffic fatalities were a result of poly-drug impaired driving.

Substance Abuse Statistics for Olympia

48

percent

Of all traffic-related fatalities, 48% involved alcohol in Thurston County between 2009 and 2013.

16

percent

16% of adults report heavy drinking in the past month in Thurston County.

213

drug-related deaths

Between 2006 and 2012, Thurston County had 213 drug-related deaths (heroin overdoses may be underreported).

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The state of Washington has enacted a number of programs to reduce drug-related overdose, as well as rising rates of Hepatitis C infections and infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (i.e. opioid withdrawal). The state funds multiple crisis intervention hotlines to help residents navigate emergency situations (i.e. what to do when someone is overdosing, suicide prevention, etc.). Some healthcare providers in Olympia are authorized to prescribe addiction treatment medications to aid individuals in their recovery. However, many publicly-funded programs carry waitlists for addiction treatment services.

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If you’re ready to change your life, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are a variety of inpatient and outpatient residential rehab centers across the state of Washington to help you through recovery. In addition to support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, you have many options to support your sobriety following any drug or alcohol rehab program.

To find out more about your options for rehab, speak with an addiction treatment provider now.

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Government Programs

Find local government programs that promote sober living and will help you find peace in your day to day life.

Name Location Phone
Pierce County Area Narcotics Anonymous PO Box 706
Tacoma, WA 98401
253-531-8792
The Lewis County PO Box 852
Centralia, WA 98531
360- 754-4433

College Programs

Counseling and Wellness Services

Saint Martin's University

5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503-7500

Student Wellness Services

The Evergreen State College

2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, Washington 98505

The PLU Counseling Center

Pacific Lutheran University

12180 Park Avenue S.
Tacoma, WA 98447

DRUG-FREE AWARENESS PROGRAM

Faith Evangelical College & Seminary

3504 N Pearl St
Tacoma, WA 98407

AA and NA Meetings in Olympia

Name Address Fellowship Hours
Squaxin Group 140 SE Klah Che Min Dr, Shelton, WA 98584 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
A. A. Pool Side Group 40 E Evergreen Ln, Shelton, WA 98584 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Easy Does It Group 125 W Cota St, Shelton, WA 98584 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Shelton Foglifters Group 324 W Cedar St, Shelton, WA 98584 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Grupo Shelton 322 N 3rd St, Shelton, WA 98584 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Four Corners Group Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Fir Lane Study Group 2430 N 13th St, Shelton, WA 98584 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Farwest Luncheon Group 7912 27th St W, University Place, WA 98466 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Step Ashore Young People's Group 2844 Mountain View Ave W, University Place, WA 98466 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

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