Connecticut Drug Trends and What Is Being Done to Combat Them
It is not uncommon for us to hear about the latest drug crime statistics and turn our ear in the other direction; the statistics can be alarming, not to mention discouraging. It is easy to become desensitized to the issue or to want to avoid it entirely.
The reality, however, is that drug crime trends shift and change with time all across the nation, including here in the state of Connecticut. Progress has been and continues to be made in the fight against illegal drug activity, and while it will never be eliminated completely, the efforts to combat it do make a difference on a broader spectrum.
Drug Trend Snapshot
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Connecticut has been considered one of the top ten states for dependence on illicit drugs, particularly among young adults between the ages of 18 and 25. Another recent trend reported that heroin is cited among drug treatment admissions as the most commonly abused drug in the state, and marijuana and cocaine are not far behind. The illicit drug category includes non-medical use of prescription medications, which is monitored closely by the CPMRS (The Connecticut Prescription Monitoring and Reporting System). Prescription medication abuse holds the distinction for the fastest-growing drug problem in the United States.
What Is Being Done?
So, what is being done to combat these crimes? There are a number of state-based prescription drug monitoring programs that aim to highlight various responsible disposal methods for expired or unused medications from homes. Emphasis is placed on convenient methods to eliminate the access to these medications that are both efficient and environmentally friendly.
In addition to these monitoring programs, there are also community-based programs that work to compile local data and strategies to help reduce drug use throughout neighborhoods. These programs focus on the general prevention of the use and sale of various drugs, along with the importance of enforcing standards that hold users accountable.
For example, drivers under the influence are faced with serious sanctions for their actions, including 6 months of imprisonment, and $500 to $1,000 worth of fines for a first-time offense. These programs represent just the tip of the iceberg in the war on drugs. The state is constantly looking to modify and adapt new sanctions that collectively fight drug crimes from county to county. The fight is far from over.
If you have been involved with any illegal drug activity and need some guidance, you need to consult an experienced Fairfield County criminal defense attorney today. Protect your rights by calling the Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner at 203-348-5846 for a free consultation.