I have an 88 year old father who needs constant care. We hired an agent to get some caregivers into his home each day. That, in itself works out pretty good. There is one particular nurse who comes in the evening to get my dad ready for bed and I noticed that she bumps into the furniture like she is dizzy. I decided to keep a good eye on her. She gets to the house about 5pm and seems energetic and ready for the evening. Just abut 6:30 I noticed she would go to my dad’s medicine cabinet. He is on some heavy medication because of his ruptured disc; Oxycontin is what the doctor prescribed. This nurse would take a few out of his bottle and then I observed she would swallow one shortly after. I also noted that evening, that she had alcohol on her breath. I immediately called the agency and they replaced her later that evening. I know drugs are everywhere these days. But to have to experience that someone you trusted with your Dad’s well being; doing drugs and booze while they are doing that is very unsettling. I did hear later that she did get some help and is doing better with her drug problem. Its funny how we hear about drug abuse and if we don’t see what it is doing to someone first hand we shrug it off. It is a reality to me now that drugs are a problem and I know something can be done about this problem.
Lake Worth, Florida has a population of 34,910 and a crime index of 4 – 100 being the safest. If you lived in Florida you would have a 1 in 184 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and if you lived in Lake Worth, Florida you would have a 1 in 77 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime. The FBI collects information from 17,000 local law enforcements agencies and that is where they get the figures for these statements. Just recently Lake Worth has had 3 murders, 12 rapes, 202 robberies and 234 assaults. For every one thousand resident there are 62 of them that will be a victim. Lake Worth has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes. According to neighborhoodscout.com Lake Worth is number 42 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in. Not surprisingly, the nearby Miami drug rehabs are kept quite busy as well.
Wptv.com reported early in 2012 that there was a meeting at the Poinciana Golf and Country Club where the residents of the Suburban Lake Worth were expressing their concern for the plans for a new drug rehab center. The plan includes having the rehabilitation center at the former Clarion Inn located on the corner of Lake Worth Road near the Turnpike. Alan Stevens, the CEO of Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, said “Turning the space into a drug rehab center can offer help to the many people fighting drug and alcohol addiction. Our clients are very nice people and our clients are usually afraid of relapse.”
Molly Singer, a resident from just a quarter of a mile away, said “It shouldn’t be in the place that they’re building it.”
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Michael Gauger said “the site had a history of drug dealing and shootings.” Though he was careful to say he’s not taking sides, he comments that crime is down in other areas where such behavioral health rehab facilities exist, such as near similar rehabs in Louisiana. “This is a different kind of facility with a lot of controls.”
Through all of this there were some people who were in support of this action. Evelyn Gorelik said, “They’re not hearing that this isn’t going to be criminals that are mandated by the court.” That means some of the people in this facility will not be formerly charged with any crime.
Drugs are very harmful to all of us. You may not see the effect it has on your everyday because you don’t use and abuse. But if you look at the way your taxes are spent you find out that there a many dollars going to the war on drugs. The town of Lake Worth, Florida is spending many hours to come up with ideas to help people with addictions. If you know someone who wants to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center, one of the oxycontin rehabs, or any facility where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw. Something can be done about it.
Springfield, Illinois Drug Abuse
According to neighborhoodscout.com Springfield, Illinois has a population of 116,250 and a crime index of 2 – 100 being the safest. If you lived in Illinois you would have a 1 in 229 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and if you lived in Springfield, Illinois you would have a 1 in 77 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime. The FBI collects information from 17,000 local law enforcements agencies and that is where they get the figures for these statements. Just recently Springfield has had 7 murders, 106 rapes, 346 robberies and 1,033 assaults. For every one thousand resident there are 78 of them that will be a victim. Springfield has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes. According to neighborhoodscout.com Springfield is number 43 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in. Not surprisingly, nearby Peoria drug rehabs are kept quite busy as well.
Late in 2011 the Springfield, Police Department Narcotics Unit and the DEA along with Central Illinois Enforcement Group made arrests of three people that have been identified as a multi-ounce cocaine dealer in the area. Robert Williams, Police Chief said, “We feel we have seriously interrupted the flow of cocaine into the city of Springfield. While this bust won’t completely stop illegal drugs from coming into our community, it clearly serves notice that we are going after the major players and will not hesitate to make additional arrests of drug dealers.”
The SPD narcotics Unit, DEA and CIEG got together and they executed a search warrant with the assistance of the Emergency Response Team and this resulted in the seizure of about 750 grams of crack cocaine which had street value of $76,000. They also picked up $5,000 in US Currency, a loaded .380 Caliber handgun and many other items used in the making and distribution of crack cocaine. The three individuals who were running these drugs were arrested and taken to the Sangamon County jail and placed on a Federal Hold under the direction of DEA.
Drugs are very harmful to all of us. You may not see the effect it has on your everyday because you don’t use and abuse. But if you look at the way your taxes are spent you find out that there a many dollars going to the drug war on drugs. The law enforcement in your town will be very busy at all times fighting this war. It may be that when you need one of them they will be too busy with other drug related incidents. That is one way they can affect your everyday. If you know someone who wants to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center or one of the oxycontin rehabs where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw. Something can be done about it.