Springfield, Mass Drug Abuse Info

According to neighborhoodscout.com Springfield, Mass. has a population of 153,060 and a crime index of 4 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Massachusetts you would have a 1 in 214 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and if you lived in Springfield, Mass. you would have a 1 in 73 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 16 murders, 131 rapes, 587 robberies and 1,358 assaults.  For every one thousand resident there are 63 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 38 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in.

Springfield Police and the US Drug Enforcement Administration will collect prescription medications at the next “Take Back” initiative.  The event will be on April 28, 2012.  This annual event is to mitigate epidemic prescription drug abuse nationally and it gives many an outlet to dispose of old and unused drugs.  Last fall there was 188.5 tons of medications taken in.  Michele Leonhart, DEA Administrator said, “With the continued support and hard work of our more than 3,945 state, local and tribal law enforcement and community partners, these  events have dramatically reduced the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, and increased awareness of this critical public health issue.” This is indeed important work — and let’s hope that anyone hooked on these substances reconsidered whether they ought to be in one of the local Waltham drug rehabs.

Wwlp.com reported that the Springfield Narcotics officers made an arrest of an alleged drug dealer and three alleged drug buyers earlier this week.  What they saw was a drug deal taking place in a parking lot of a convenience store. Sgt. John Delaney said, “the parking lot is known as a meeting spot for ‘drops’ of heroin to customers.  At 5:40pm surveillance officers observed three females sitting in a Toyota Yaris complete a heroin buy from a dealer.”  All four suspects were arrested a short time later and will be arraigned in Springfield District Court.

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 heroin rehabs where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  Something can be done about it.


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