Washington State Laws for Substance Abuse Treatment
Washington Rehab and Recovery Resources
Employee Protection During Rehab
Washington Law Against Discrimination (WALD) prohibits employers to use discriminatory practices when dealing with any sensory, mental, or physical disability. Employers with 8 or more employees are protected under this law. The WALD defines disability as an impairment that is medically diagnosable, exists in record form or in history, or perceived to exist, even without proof. This makes the WALD a much wider umbrella of protection than the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) alone. The criteria for qualification includes, but is not limited to:
- Disabilities that are temporary
- Disabilities that are permanent
- Common and uncommon disabling conditions
- Mitigated or unmitigated disabilities
Some examples of Washington States mitigating measures are the following:
- The dependence on assistive technology
- Accommodations for services and aids
- Medications, medical equipment, supplies or appliances, vision aids, any and all prosthetics, auditory aids, mobility equipment, oxygen therapy.
Drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse treatment in Washington state has been a growing concern for state legislators. The trends of increasing criminal cases linked directly to opioids and other drugs have proved to be a burden on the state’s budget. Drug and alcohol abuse does not just impact crime rates, it also affects illness and disability rates statewide. According to Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, the actual cost of substance abuse in 2005 was over $5 billion. Washington State DSHS provides its residents with access to many different services for mental health and addiction. The demand for treatmentfor drug addiction in Washington and Washington rehab centers has grown in recent years.
According to 2015-2016 data collected by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the number of 18 to25 year-olds Washington state residents admitting illicit drug abuse during a 30 day period was a shocking 24 percent. While this figure does include marijuana use, the rates of heroin and cocaine have consistently increased over the past decade. The percentage of subjects in the same test group who admitted binge drinking during a one-month period was over 36 percent. The statistics on those seeking treatment for substance abuse was almost 15 percent, while another 13 percent report needing treatment but not receiving any.
The need for opiate substance abuse treatment statewide has become a priority for governing bodies. According to the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, the rate of admission for opioid treatment has almost tripled since 2000. Of these admissions, the majority are due to heroin abuse. Interestingly, the rates of opioid deaths have remained constant while the criminal use of heroin has jumped by more than 100 percent. It is reported that opiates are responsible for 715 deaths in the year 2016 alone.
The statistics of children ages 12-20 years are equally as sobering. Alcohol abuse reported during the same time period and in the same study found that 23 percent were participating in binge drinking. Within the same 12 to 20 year old population, 55 percent admitted to drinking underage. Illicit drug use was also rampant with nearly 13.5 percent admitting to monthly drug use and abuse. With the need for drug and alcohol treatment centers growing by the day, the availability for treatment has also grown. This has allowed access to quality addiction treatment programs for the general population.
Washington State Drug Use Laws
The use of street drugs, or illegally obtained prescription medications, is against the law and can result in criminal charges being filed. Should an individual be involved in any drug-related crime, the penalties can be substantial. Drug-related crimes include the sale or trafficking and the possession of any illicit drugs. First-time offenders are sometimes offered probation and drug programs in lieu of prison time.
Washington Heroin Laws
It should be noted that Federal and state laws prohibit any heroin trafficking or possession. According to state code, those caught selling heroin, the charges include up to 5 years in prison and/or $10,000. Should an individual have subsequent heroin offenses, the fines are doubled. Trafficking heroin or opiates is a Class B felony in the state of Washington. This carries a jail sentence up to 10 years and scaled fines depending on the amount in their possession; $25,000 for 2kg or less or $100,000 (plus an additional $50 per gram) over 2 kg. Should any sales of heroin be within 1000 ft. of an educational institution, the fines are automatically doubled.
Washington Cocaine Laws
As with heroin, cocaine is an illegal drug in all 50 states and includes charges for all manufacturing, selling, or possession. According to Washington State law cocaine is a narcotic drug which carries strict penalties. Manufacturing and distributing cocaine is a Class B Felony. Depending on the amount of cocaine found on ones’ person, the jail times and financial penalties will increase exponentially with quantity. For those found carrying less than 1 gram of cocaine, the prison term can be up to 2 years and a fine of up to $10,000. As the possession amounts increase, so do the consequences. For those caught carrying over 4 grams, the jail time can increase to 99 years. Drug court works to help some first-time offenders involved in non-violent drug cases to choose treatment over prison time.
Washington Marijuana Laws
Washington State marijuana laws have changed in recent history as the legalization of marijuana was passed in the legislature. As a result of its legalization, marijuana falls under the Washington State Liquor Board. Private marijuana possession and use are allowed for amounts that are 1 oz. or less. Should this amount be exceeded, or used publically, there are fines and penalties. Depending on the amount, this includes the possibility of jail time up to 5 years. Anyone age 21 and older can purchase marijuana in the state of Washington, but growing the plant remains illegal.
Washington State Drug Court
Washington State operates a drug court system that is in place to deal specifically with non-violent first-time offenders. The system was created in an attempt to reduce the number of repeat offenders by increasing the possibility of drug rehabilitation. This will often include drug treatment, mandated drug testing, and community service hours for whatever period of time is court ordered. The advantage to this is that individuals are given the opportunity to serve probation instead of jail time. Not all first-time offenders will be offered drug court. Court ordered treatment programs are only available to individuals who have demonstrated that they will benefit from an inpatient addiction treatment program. Secondly, that they have no prior convictions such as violent or sexual offenses. Thirdly, the current charges are non-violent.
About Washington State
The State of Washington, named after our first president George Washington, is located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Washington is the 42nd state to join the union and originally part of the Washington Territory. This state is home to more than 7 million people, most of whom reside within the sprawling city of Seattle. The 18th largest state, Washington enjoys the beautiful Pacific Ocean on its western coast, which is often referred to as the “Wet side” by locals. The coastal areas often report in excess of 180 inches in precipitation annually. On its eastern border or “Wheatland side”, Washington State borders Idaho and enjoys seasonal weather changes and a dryer climate. To the north and south are the Canadian border and the state of Oregon.
Washington State’s largest agricultural assets are lumber, apples, hops, potatoes, grapes, and cherries. Indigenous tree varieties are pine, hemlock, cedar and fir and the grapes grown in the state are used by wineries which produce almost as much wine as California. Livestock and seafood account for most of the farming and commercial fishing income. A large variety of America’s more recognizable animal species reside in the state. Some of these include moose, beavers, black bears, cougars and gray wolf packs.
Across the center of the state from north to south runs the Cascade Mountain Range which is home to several active volcanos. The most famous of these volcanos is Mount St. Helens which erupted in 1980 and remained in a state of constant activity from 2004- 2008. The others are Mount Rainier, Glacier Peak, Mount Baker and Mount Adams. Mount Rainier is considered to be one of the most dangerous active volcanos within the entirety of the United States due to its location just south of Seattle.
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