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Port St. Lucie is found in St. Lucie County, Florida, and is its most populous municipality. It is currently home to 171,016 people, and it has seen its population boom since the 2000s. Unfortunately, while a beautiful city to live and build a family in, it is not without its share of problems. There is a significant issue with drug and alcohol abuse, something that city officials are working very hard to try and address. The state of Florida is in the grips of a heroin epidemic, which has not escaped Port St. Lucie either, which is in part caused by the fact that Florida is such a huge transportation hub, making it relatively easy for illicit traffickers to bring in drugs.
Statistics on Substance Abuse in Port St. Lucie, FL
Research in 2008 examined the link between educational status and illicit substance abuse. Specifically:
What these statistics have shown public health officials in Port St. Lucie is that, firstly, illicit substances are part of the college culture and are easy to access. As such, they have put a number of early intervention methods in place in partnership with educators to provide students with healthy alternatives.
At the same time, the city recognizes that while those with lower levels of education are less likely to try substances, they are more likely to develop a substance abuse problem. To address this, they have made detox and rehab treatment facilities more affordable and available. Various state sponsored facilities now exist for people battling with addiction.
Alcohol Abuse in Port St. Lucie, FL
The city also looked at its levels of alcohol abuse in 2009. They found that 30.3% of underage drinkers paid for their own alcohol. However, this is broken down to just 9% who bought it themselves and 21.3% who found other people to buy it for them. This has led to a number of initiatives being put into place to stop people from making substances available for young people.
Heroin Abuse in Port St. Lucie, FL
Lastly, the city of Port St. Lucie aimed to paint a clearer picture of the level of heroin abuse. Unfortunately, they found that the number of those who are first initiated to heroin is rising continuously. The average age of someone who first tried heroin is 25.5 years. This is believed to be a result of people becoming addicted to prescription painkillers, moving on to heroin, which is cheaper, more accessible, and, worryingly, far more potent. This is a significant issue that has to be addressed in the city, with the help of treatment centers and the drug courts.
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