Nearly 20 million Americans admitted to using illicit substances within a 30-day span in 2006, according to Drug Addiction Support, a statistics site. Substance abuse centers are dedicated to helping addicts come clean, but many find themselves in trouble with the law before they choose to seek help.
Recently, the drug court program was extended in Dawson County, Nebraska, to give addicts a second chance. Drug court administrator Steve Garcia received praise for adding three more years of funding to the program, which has helped adults and teenagers sober up, according to the Kearney Hub.
“One priority is to work with schools in heading off gang activity, including the recruitment of juveniles in elementary, middle school and high schools in the county,” Garcia told the news source.
The arrest rate in the state of Nebraska is approximately 49 per 1,000 citizens. The goal of the drug court is to give addicts an option to detoxify in possible exchange for jail time.
Drug addiction costs the U.S. approximately $484 billion every year, according to Drug Addiction Support. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals sober up and make healthier lifestyle choices.