Gresham is a city located in Multnomah County, Oregon, in the United States. The city is immediately east of Portland. It was named after the American Civil War general, and Postmaster General, Walter Quinton Gresham. The population was 105,594 at the 2010 census, making Gresham the fourth largest city in the state of Oregon.
As for its history, Gresham could not actually establish itself as a city unless given a post office and postal code. In the early 1800s, a local storeowner offered to use his store as a post office and offered to name the city after Postmaster General Walter Q. Gresham if a post office was granted. Although a post office was established in May 1884, Gresham was not incorporated as a city until the year 1905.
As of the census of 2010, there were 105,594 people, 38,704 households, and 25,835 families residing in the city. The per capita income for the city was $19,588. About 8.4% of families and 12.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.2% of those under the age of 18 and 6.7% of those 65 and older.
Gresham's Drug Addiction Crisis and Epidemic
Gresham, like many other cities in Oregon, has recently come under a wave of drug addiction and substance abuse issues. Gresham has been hit even harder than most other cities that are also suffering, because Gresham is a poorer city than the average Oregon city is. Statistically speaking, while lower class and poverty class neighborhoods generally cannot afford drugs as easily as middle class, upper middle class, and upper class areas can, lower class and poverty class areas tend to be more prone to turning to drugs as a solution to their problems.
To better understand the crisis in Gresham, some statistics and facts have been included below for Gresham, for Oregon, and for the nation as a whole:
• As a direct consequence of drug use, an alarming 564 persons died in Oregon in 2007. This is compared to the lower number of persons in Oregon who died from motor vehicle accidents, (only 490), and firearms deaths, (a low 387) in the same year.
• Oregon drug-induced deaths (a full and surprising 15.1 per 100,000 population), exceeded the national rate of only 12.7 per 100,000.
• Within two years of the release of the newest and hippest prescription drug in Oregon, Subsys, over eighty percent of its prescriptions were for off-label uses.
• On Portland’s roads, 60 percent of all fatal crashes include at least one party that is impaired.
• Driving after or doing marijuana use is actually far more common than driving after or doing alcohol use. Among college students who used marijuana, nearly one in three drove after marijuana use and nearly one in two rode with a driver who had been using marijuana.
• In 2009, there were nearly five million drug-related emergency department visits nationwide. These visits included reports of drug abuse, adverse reactions to drugs, or other drug-related consequences such as drug abuse caused car accidents.
Finding Recovery in Gresham, Oregon
Kicking a drug habit is no easy process. The drugs that are abused in Gresham, like prescription dugs, always cause heavy physical dependencies as well, which makes withdrawing much more difficult and dangerous.
Inpatient rehabilitation programs stand as a beacon of hope for addicted Gresham residents. Getting clean from drug addiction becomes a far more doable process when inpatient rehab is involved. Inpatient rehab centers offer safe, effective, and helpful strategies for beating a drug habit, and can provide excellent services in a long-term, safe, secure, medically competent, and comfortable inpatient, residential environment.