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Most arrests for drug possession or use often go unnoticed. That's because, unfortunately, they have become so commonplace. This is true in Oregon as well as in other States. But, let a prominent figure, such as an actor, athlete, politician, or someone else who is in the public eye get arrested and it almost immediately makes the headlines, even if just in that person's home state. This is what recently happened to someone in Oregon.

No details will be provided as to the person's identity in this article, as the intent is not to provide any more publicity, but to bring attention to substance abuse and how it can affect all Oregon residents. Suffice it to say that it was someone whose arrest did attract media attention.

But, just as the identities of those 56,105 Oregon residents who took part in a substance abuse survey were protected, so will that person's be also. That is because the "who" is not really important; what is important is the substance abuse problem in Oregon and the fact that there are treatment centers available to help those with this problem.

The substance of abuse for which the person was arrested does not matter, either; the Oregon residents who participated in the survey admitted to using alcohol, alone and with other drugs, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine (meth).

The person's gender, age, race, or ethnic origin is not important, either. The survey just provided numbers in those categories; it didn't give names or other identifying information. Where a person lived was not listed. Residents from different parts of the State were surveyed. In fact, the only statistic that is going to be listed in this article is, once again, how many Oregon residents participated: 56,105.

What was and is important is that these people had and have access to services provided by drug treatment centers around the State, and they took advantage of them. More importantly, they were able to select from a wide variety of treatment programs and options so that the one which would serve them best could be found.

Some chose to enter one of the drug treatment centers as in-patients, literally living in the facility for a period of time until they decided to leave or were considered able to leave. From there, they may have (it is hoped they did) continued treatment on an out-patient basis.

Others may have made sure that the drug treatment centers they went to could help them with their specific problems; therefore they chose one that was treatment-specific. In other words, it treated only alcohol addiction or only drug addiction.

Others may have chosen one of the drug treatment centers that operate as a residential living center. This facility may have located somewhere peaceful and perhaps a little isolated, or may have been located close to other residences or buildings, but blended in so well that very few suspected it was one of Oregon's drug treatment centers.

Others may have needed a facility that was close to or even within the same walls as a medical facility, because of an underlying physical condition for which they needed medical supervision. One person may have utilize the more utilitarian, but still effective drug treatment centers that received State of Federal funding, while others were able to go to places that more resembled upscale spas than drug treatment centers. The goal of each one of the places, however, should have been the same: to provide services to help Oregon residents who had substance abuse problems.

Again, the important thing was not who the person was, what the arrest was for, or any of that. The important, although unfortunate, thing was that the arrest was simply another reminder that Oregon does have substance abuse problems; however, instead of ignoring them, the State enforces their drug laws while at the same time providing treatment for those who need it.

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