Whatcom County is located in the northern portion of Washington state. With over 200,000 people as of the 2010 United States census, Whatcom County is one of the ten largest counties in Washington. But having a large population can lead to issues like drug problems, and Whatcom County is no stranger to those. From 2015 to 2017, 69 people died in Whatcom County from a drug overdose, according to a report published by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. This shows exactly how many lives could have been saved if these people got help from drug and alcohol treatment services at the right time. What it doesn't show is just how many people are currently using drugs that need rehabilitation to avoid becoming tomorrow's statistic.
Overdose can occur from almost any drug, but only a few drugs consistently cause the majority of drug overdoses deaths. One of the main drugs responsible for killing people in America is opioids. Opioids cause death by depressing lung function to the point of suffocation. When combined with other central nervous system depressants like tranquilizers or alcohol these effects can become much more pronounced, greatly increasing the risk of overdose death. Tolerance develops rapidly with regular opioid use, which is why so many people's addiction begins with a legitimate prescription given to treat pain. But the problem is these drugs work well, and as the body adjusts to their effects, it takes more and more of the drug to produce the same level of pain relief. Even worse, when the person doesn't take the drug now, their pain is worse than before the started taking opioids. This catch-22 is a recipe for addiction, and the person will often resort to obtaining opioids illegally to fuel it.
Another drug that has begun to cause many overdose deaths is methamphetamines. These drugs are experiencing a resurgence in use and an unprecedented mortality rate. Meth was popular in the early 2000s, causing a wave of addiction which led to the heavy restriction of the chemicals used to manufacture it. Once made in abandoned houses and backyards across rural America, meth is now manufactured almost exclusively by the Mexican drug cartels. Taking advantage of the market opportunity in America, they have the resources to manufacture meth on a massive scale and do so with professional equipment. Since the chemicals used to make it are easily accessible in Mexico, they can make huge quantities and smuggle them into America where they are sold for a fraction of the price of yesteryear. The final product is so potent that it's causing death at an alarming rate among users who previously didn't have to worry about overdose.
Both of these drugs have been problems in Whatcom County for some time now. Anyone struggling with substance abuse should get help as soon as possible, as waiting can be a dangerous game. You never know when that bag of meth may be ultra-potent or even something else entirely. Heroin is increasingly found to contain Fentanyl, a deadly synthetic drug. Don't become next year's statistic. Get help now.
List of Drug Rehab Centers in Whatcom County, Washington
Here is a list of the different treatment centers in Whatcom County, Washington. The list can be incomplete so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.