Topics: Crime, Drug addiction, Addiction Pages: 2 (314 words) Published: January 10, 2013
Coalition News
Alex Espitia

The vision of the Coalition for a Drug Free Benton County is to provide a forum for exchange of information related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) in Benton County. The Coalition comes together with the common goal of reducing the incidence, prevalence, costs and consequences of ATOD use and abuse. Success of meeting these goals will improve the quality of life for individuals, families and the Benton County community as a whole.

Millions of Americans have substance use disorders. Millions more people live in households with people who have had problems with alcohol or other drugs has had an impact on them at some point in their lives, whether it was the addiction of a friend or family member or another experience, such as their own personal addiction.

The total expenditure for treatment of substance abuse in the United States was $11.9 billion in 1997. This number does not reflect the costs not directly related to treatment, such as the impact of substance abuse on developing children, productivity, ability to hold a job and earn income, costs due to drug-related crimes, or housing, and other accommodation subsidies.

Impaired driving is no accident. It is a violent crime that kills.

If you find it hard to figure out if you’ve had too many drinks to drive – don’t risk it. The message is simple – You Drink & Drive. You Lose.
Violators can lose their license, time from their jobs, and lose money in high fines and court costs, as well as face imprisonment for repeat offense, assault and vehicular manslaughter. Refuse a BAC test and you can lose your license on the spot and have your car impounded. You’ll be spending your money on bail, court, lawyer, and towing fees instead of on your last summer vacation.

Treatment/Recovery and Mental Health Resources in our community include:

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