Drug addiction costs the U.S. nearly $484 billion every year, according to Drug Addiction Support, a statistics site. Rehabilitation facilities can provide substance abuse help, but some individuals turn to crime before they are willing to face their addiction. Many towns and cities are establishing drug courts to give offenders the option to detoxify and become functioning members of society.
Recently, acting mayor Earl Ray Tomblin received help in his efforts against drug use in West Virginia. Tomblin received nearly $1.8 million in grant money, according to the Associated Press. The acting mayor is expected to use the money to enhance anti-drug efforts, such as courts for individuals who have been tied to drug-related crimes.
More than 27 county commissions and anti-drug organizations will receive funding to continue their fight against illicit substance use across the state. Approximately $29,000 will be given to the Mason County Commission for job training, while $200,000 will be donated to the state Supreme Court to make adjustments to juvenile drug courts.
More than 20 million Americans admitted to abusing illicit substances during a 30-day period in 2006, according to Drug Addiction Support. Rehabilitation programs may provide individuals with the substance abuse help they need to turn their lives around.