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4-Star General-Former U.S. Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey Featured At Tacoma Treatment Solutions 5-Year Anniv: Mon. May 24, 11 a.m., 9500 Front Street, Lakewood WA 98499
Date:5/18/2010

ma, in releasing the National Strategy to Reduce Drug Use last week (May 11), asserted that "Prescription drug abuse is the Nation's fastest growing drug problem."  According to The Washington State Department of Health, in 2008 a shocking one-tenth of Washington State 10th graders reported using opiates to get high at some time in their lives. According to the state Attorney General, due to the abundance of prescription medications, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in Washington State – more die from drug overdoses than car crashes.

McCaffrey commended the facilities' director, Dave Cush, who will emcee the events, for "bringing awareness to the drug crisis and to solutions."  Dr. Barry Karlin, CEO of CRC Health Group, stated that "the expertise at Tacoma and Canyon Park Treatment Solutions is desperately needed to address the drug treatment gap in Washington State." According to HHS last year, in Washington State 516,000 people "need but do not receive treatment" for drug and alcohol abuse.  Nationally, the treatment gap is 24 million.  Gen. McCaffrey said that "treatment solutions are a way to reduce crime, stabilize jobs and families, and restore lives for millions."

At the events, Cush will report some "outstanding outcomes that could be a national model," McCaffrey said.  Last month (April), for patients addicted to opiates seeking treatment including those abusing prescription pain pills, 96% stopped their illegal use of opiates within 30 days of starting treatment with the WA facilities.  In addition, over the past year, for the patient population&
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SOURCE Robert Weiner Associates and CRC Health Group
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