Washington D.C. is a beautiful federal district located in the Northeastern part of the United States. It is known as the District of Columbia. It is technically not a part of any state. It is the nation’s capital. The name Columbia is said to have been in honor of Christopher Columbus. George Washington chose Washington D.C as the capital of the United States. Washington D.C is only 68.25 square miles, which would make it smaller in size than any state in the U.S. It is bordered by Virginia and Maryland.
Washington DC is a choice for many tourists to visit. There is a lot of history in Washington DC and a lot to see. The White House, the Washington monument, the Supreme Court, and many other government buildings are located in Washington, D.C. It is also known for the Smithsonian and the National Zoo. Washington D.C. is a place where many families choose to go.
The population is D.C in 2011 was estimated at 617,996 people. It is actually larger in population than the whole state of Wyoming. Washington D.C has a very diverse population. The population is 38.5 percent white and 50.7 percent black. People who are of Hispanic or Latin origin account for 9.1 percent of the population. Asian people accounted for 3.5 percent of the population in the District of Columbia.
The Primary Abuse Issues In Washington D.C.
Washington D.C. is said to be one of the heaviest populated drug use areas. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration did a recent survey that turned up some alarming statistics. The report found that in the past year 11.3 percent of people 12 years and older abused or were dependent on alcohol or drugs in Washington DC. This was well above that national average of 8.9 percent. The bordering states were much lower as well. Virginia’s abuse rate was 9.4 percent and Maryland’s was only 8.1 percent.
“The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the use of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs (including non-medical use of prescription drugs), and mental health in the United States.” The most recent survey showed that 12.13 percent of Washington D.C residents has used illicit drug in the past month. This was significantly higher than the national average of 8.02 percent. The survey also showed that 4.53 percent of Washington D.C residents admitted to using an illicit drug other than marijuana in the past month. This is also higher than the national average of 3.58 percent.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – State Estimates of Substance Use from the 2007–2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k8state/Cover.pdf
Drug-induced deaths are a problem in the District of Columbia. 90 people died in the District of Columbia in 2007 as a direct result of drug use. This number is rather high in relation to the population. Also, in comparison to the number people who died in Washington D.C. in 2007 from motor vehicle accidents (54), and firearms (144), we can see that it is rather high. The District of Columbia averaged 15.3 deaths per 100,000 people in 2007. This exceeded that national average which was 12.7 deaths per 100,000 people
D.C. Options For Substance Abuse Treatment
There are some different options for treatment facilities in Washington D.C. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration there are 34 Washington D.C drug rehabilitation facilities. That number in comparison to the size of the district is actually high but for the number of people addicted, in can, at times become difficult to find help.
The primary types of treatment programs in Washington D.C. are traditional or 12 step programs. Some private, long term treatment programs exist for residents but they are often private pay or require some type of health insurance.
The most difficult part to finding a good rehab treatment center in Washington D.C. is finding an option that fits your individual needs that also is affordable and available immediately. Let our treatment professional help to find you the right center to get on the road to recovery.
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