The state of Washington is best known for being named after the United States’ first president George Washington. Despite being a historical state, today it is home to some of the most significant clean energy, aerospace, and manufacturing advancements. It is also the biggest producer of apples, with over 56% of the nation's fruit grown there. Washington seems to have it all together; it has an excellent economy, booming industries. Still, underneath all of its prestige, its residents are battling an unprecedented crisis. Addiction is plaguing the state of Washington. The state held the number one spot from 2000 to 2011 for the nation's highest rates of drug-induced deaths. Between 2002 to 2004 and 2014 to 2016, there was a 134% increase in Opioid-related cases. The recent spike in Opioid abuse is due to the alarming ease of accessibility to illicit drugs. Law enforcement in the area has been cracking down on illegal drug use and trafficking, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Fortunately, the state is equipped with some of the nation's best addiction treatment centers, ready to help. Check out some local options.
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