The city of Salem is the capital of the U.S. state of Oregon, and it is also the county seat of Marion County. The city is located in the center of the well known Willamette Valley alongside the Willamette River, which runs north and through the city itself. The river forms the boundary between both Marion and Polk counties. Salem was founded in 1842, became the capital of the old Oregon Territory in 1851, and was incorporated in the year 1857.
As for the size of the city, Salem had a population of 154,637 at the 2010 census, making it the third largest city in the state after the cities of Portland and Eugene. Salem is less than an hour’s driving distance away from Portland.
As for its economy, state government is Salem's largest employer, but the city also serves as a hub for the local area farming communities and is a major agricultural food processing center.
Salem is the home of Kettle Foods, Inc., a maker of infamous potato chips since 1982. Kettle employs 700 individuals in Salem and at a plant in Bowthorpe, England. NORPAC Foods, Inc., is a large food processor in Salem and elsewhere in Marion County. Its brands include Flav-R-Pac and West-Pac frozen fruits and vegetables, and Santiam canned vegetables. Oregon Fruit Products, Inc., has been canning blackberries, marion berries and other fruits in Salem since 1935, with “Oregon” as its brand name.
Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse in Salem: a New Tide of Problems
Oregon is one of the worst states in the Union for drug abuse. Oregon has particularly difficult problem with prescription drugs, namely opioid prescription pain killers. This state has more individuals who abuse opiate pain drugs per capita than any other state in the United States, and it also has more individuals who overdose and die from prescription pain drugs per capita than any other state.
To better understand the addiction crisis in Salem, in Oregon, and in the nation as a whole, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, (SAMHSA), and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, (NSDUH), worked together to compile facts and statistics on the serious drug abuse problem in Oregon and in the nation at large. Some of these have been included below:
• In the years of 2007 and 2008, Oregon ranked first among all states for rates of use in several drug abuse categories including but not limited to: past-month use of illicit drugs other than marijuana among persons age 12-17, past-year non-medical use of pain relievers among young adults age 18-25, and past-month illicit drug use among persons age 26 and older.
• From the years 2001 to 2013 there was a 5-fold increase in the total number of deaths from heroin overdoses. Heroin has been seen to be increasing in popularity rapidly across all fifty states of the United States. One of the biggest drugs in the United States today is opiate pain relievers. When individuals cannot obtain pain pills for whatever reason, then they will almost always substitute with heroin. Because of this, heroin trafficking into the United States has also soared. This is a serious problem in Salem and across Oregon.
Getting Help for Addiction in Salem: What to Do if One is Addicted
Attempting to kick a drug habit, especially an addiction to prescription drugs, is no easy task by any means at all. When one is addicted to prescription drugs, as many who live in Salem and across the state of Oregon are, he or she puts his or her life at serious risk if he or she attempts to kick such drugs on his or her own.
Inpatient rehabilitation is the answer to addiction in Salem. Inpatient rehab centers offer the best and safest services and options for prescription drug addicts. Inpatient rehab centers also offer the highest success rates for long term, relapse-free sobriety. With inpatient rehabilitation, Salem residents actually stand a chance at kicking their drug habits for good.