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Fort Lauderdale, FL is in the grips of the "heroin epidemic". Additionally, between 2012 and 2013, there was a near 300% increase in the number of people using "Molly" (MDMA, also known as Ecstasy). In addition, a synthetic drug, known as flakka, which is a cathinone that is similar to Molly, is gaining in popularity. Additionally, there have been 37 new psychoactive drugs on the market.
Statistics on Fort Lauderdale Substance Abuse
Efforts to Curb Drug Abuse in Fort Lauderdale
More and more, Fort Lauderdale is taking the approach that addiction is a disease, rather than a criminal offense. However, it is also known that there is a positive correlation between substance abuse and crime, either to fund the addiction, or because people who abuse substances are more likely to lose their inhibitions and find it easier to engage in criminal behavior. To address this, the 17th Circuit Drug Court of the Broward Sheriff's Office has been started. Here, those who are arrested on drug or alcohol charges are given the opportunity to participate in a program from the Day Reporting and Reentry Division, through which they are given the opportunity to detox and go to rehab, and "graduate" once they are clean.
A lot of resources have gone into supporting treatment facilities, so that people are able to get the help that they need if they do have a substance abuse disorder. Many people go to these centers following an intervention by loved ones, medical professionals, colleagues, or the drug court. Hence, various outreach programs have been started to make sure that people know how to conduct an intervention, and so that there is extensive knowledge on how and where to get help. Rehab exists both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. People are encouraged to seek residential treatment as much as possible, as this has been proven to be more successful. Either way, they are also provided with extensive aftercare.
Additionally, various community organizations have come together to create educational outreach programs. These are aimed at lowering the number of young people who seek out substances as a form of entertainment, or succumb to peer pressure. It is hoped that, by targeting young people and helping them stay away from gateway drugs like alcohol and cannabis, the statistics on substance abuse in the city will start to decline significantly.
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