The Lewis County Sheriff's Department has been getting a lot of drug users off the street since the beginning of the year. Not all of them want to quit using, but for those who do, it's a long, hard journey ahead.
"There's not really that much in the area. I know I've transported people out of state for drug rehabs, and it's a problem for everybody," said Chief Deputy Randy Hyre of the Lewis County Sheriff's Department.
There are some drug treatment programs throughout the state. However, Dr. Robert Snuffer, who practices in Weston, said many of those programs don't last long enough to make a difference, and may not detox those who participate. He said that lack of support is part of what makes some people continue to use the drugs when they want to quit.
"I have a lot of people who come to see me who are getting high, getting a pill, snorting something once a day so they don't go through withdrawal. They don't like being an addict, they don't want to keep doing drugs, but they don't want to go through withdrawal, either," Snuffer said.
Hyre said many of the drug users the sheriff's department arrests may not want to stop using, but for those who do, he would love to see some way for them to get clean, and not get busted.
"It would be great if we had a facility somewhere in the state, it'd be nice if we had a facility in the tri-county area that could help these people, rather than them not getting help, and it comes down to us knocking on their door at seven o'clock in the morning with an arrest warrant because they didn't get the help," Hyre said.
If you or someone you know is looking to quit using drugs, Snuffer recommends seeing a doctor to begin getting help.