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Oregon’s State-Funded Substance Abuse Treatment Pays Off

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

pillsOregon is fighting the war on drugs by focusing on substance abuse treatment—and its efforts are paying off in reduced costs and saved lives. As prescription drug abuse becomes a growing problem, many states are amping up online prescription monitoring databases and trying to close down pill mills. Oregon tackled the problem early on by dramatically increasing spending on substance abuse treatment—from $11 million six years ago to $51 million annually now. The state Medicaid has covered addiction treatment since the mid-1990s, funding services like outpatient and medication-assisted treatments, detoxification and residential care.

The focus on treatment has undoubtedly saved lives. Oregon has a comparatively low drug overdose death rate—11.7 per 100,000 compared with 17.9 in Kentucky, another mostly rural state with a prescription drug abuse problem. Compared to Kentucky, Oregon admits twice as many drug users for treatment and is much more likely to provide intensive treatment. In Oregon, 10 percent of treatment admissions were to long-term, residential facilities, while the same was true for only 1.1 percent of treatment admissions in Kentucky.

Oregon officials say that funding substance abuse treatment pays off in reduced costs elsewhere. For instance, a program that provided addicted parents with residential treatment reunites kids with parents instead of pushing them into the foster program. The treatment program costs $10.4 million over two years but pays for itself in six months with reduced foster care costs.

If you or a loved one needs help for a substance abuse issue, we’re here for you. Email us or call us today: 1 888 671 9392.

Source: USA Today Oregon finds efforts to treat drug addicts paying off

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  • Dave Gray

    I have a step son that wants and need a durg rehb
    program. he has no job or money can you help us

  • eedelman

    Hi Dave, thanks for reaching out–asking for help is the first step and it’s so important. Our staff has reached out to you via email and we’re looking forward to getting your stepson the help he needs.

  • Joani

    My 22 son has recently relapsed and really needs inpatient help, he also has no insurance and either do we, desperately need some options

  • eedelman

    Hi Joani,
    Thanks so much for reaching out. Asking for help is so important! Can you please let us know where you’re located? That way we’ll be able to put you in touch with a clinician at one of our programs near you. You can also call 1-800-DRUG-HELP to be immediately directed to the appropriate region.
    Best of luck and we hope to serve you soon!

  • debbie

    My son is a herion addict asking for help Jan 1st he will be on the oregon health plan can u help?

  • eedelman

    Hi Debbie,
    Thank you so much for reaching out on behalf of your son–taking the first step and asking for help takes courage, and we applaud you. Unfortunately Phoenix House does not have treatment locations in Oregon at this time. However, if you’re willing to travel to one of our locations (perhaps in California?) we would be more than happy to help you and your son. Take a look here for our treatment program locations:
    Thanks again and we hope to hear from you soon.