Monterey County Receives Funding To Fight Drug Addiction

In 2006, there were more than 1.7 million hospital visits related to illicit drug use in the U.S., according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN). As substance abuse continues to be an ongoing problem across the country, more communities are investing in treatment centers. Rehabilitation facilities can help addicts detoxify and live healthier lives.

This week, the Monterey County Health Department received a a $2.2 million grant to help reduce drug addiction in the region. Over the course of the next three years, the money is expected to fund mental health services and addiction treatment, according to the Monterey Herald.

Approximately $975,000 of the grant money will go toward the Juvenile Drug Treatment court, while the Hope for Youth program will be expanded from 20 to 64 people per year. The Adult Drug Treatment Court will also now aid 231 clients and receive more than $1.2 million from the government. This money will be used to treat individuals with mental illnesses as well, including post-traumatic stress disorder

Between 2003 and 2006, there was a 3.9 percent increase in the number of hospitalizations in relation to drug abuse, according to DAWN. Rehabilitation facilities can provide addicts with the assistance they need to kick the habit and receive a new lease on life.