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.