Drug rehab centers can help individuals who have become dependent on illicit substances, but addicts can negatively affect small communities before they get their situation under control.
Brewster, Massachusetts is one example of a location that has recently seen a rise in drug use, according to the Cape Codder. Police Chief Richard Koch told the news source that the spike in crime should be taken into account when considering the budget for 2012. Domestic abuse calls are up 25 percent, while burglaries have increased by 85 percent. Accidents are up 8 percent, and larceny, fraud and forgeries have jumped by 40 percent.
Koch told the news source that many of these crimes can be linked to drug addiction, which he considers to be a growing problem on Cape Cod. Families of loved ones who have become dependent on illicit substances are not the only ones who suffer, Koch adds. Trials and investigations cost taxpayers money that could otherwise be spent to better other areas of the community.
Drug addiction costs the U.S. nearly $484 billion every year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals facing addiction in families.