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Proposal: There's no use in drug abuse

What would Cumberland be like without drug abuse?

The Issue

Problem Defined

The issue of drug abuse and drug overdoses in our area. It could help prevent deaths and lower crime rates. Also people would no longer worry about the loss of some of their close family members. 

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Just in 2018 there were 302 non-fatal overdosesMORE

This number has gone up every year since 2014. Although there were 302 non-fatal overdoses in Allegany County, 19 in the area were fatal. We need this number to continuously decrease every year until there is almost none. We believe more facilities and counselors that are accessible would help people to never start drugs or find a way to stop. 

2.1 million people in the U.S. suffer from substance abuse disorders (opioids)MORE

This is related to prescription opioid pain relievers. It is more common in suburbanites, likely due to their availability.   


Counseling is an essential part of drug abuse treatment for many people. Cognitive behavioral thinking or family counseling can help people stay clean. Psychotherapy can also treat other mental health conditions that can lead to drug abuse. 

Marijuana MORE

Marijuana is the most commonly used elicit drug. With over 22.2 million people using the drug in the past month. 

Counseling in schools MORE

More than half of high school seniors have admitted to trying drugs or alcohol. This makes the need for school counseling obvious. School counselors play a huge role in substance abuse education, prevention. treatment, and a safe place to talk. More then 21.7 million kids aged 12 or older needed substance abuse treatment in the past year. 

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This issue would help people to recover from drug abuse and make better life decisions for themselves and their families. We would open more recovery facilities and provide counseling. We would also put one substance abuse counselor in each high school to begin to prevent the drug abuse issue earlier on.

Hattie Simpson
Drug Abuse Has No Use - college
I love sociology.

The Solution

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Brochures and information MORE

We can pass out brochures with information on where to go if you find yourself addicted to a drug. Also make websites that are easily accessible at home for help and advice about what to do or where to go. 

Counseling in schools MORE

If we include counselors in the schools then kids who find themselves struggling with substance abuse in high school before they graduate and it could potentially get worse. If you provide safe spaces where students feel as if they can communicate how they feel and whats going on then they will be more likely to get help. 

Counseling online MORE

If you provide online counseling then people won't feel as if its quite as big a deal if you can just do it in your own home where no one will know if they don't want them too. 

Facilities MORE

Recovery areas where if the person chooses they can fully immerse themselves in the experience of getting clean and sober. There is little way to relapse while here. There are trained people there to help you recover and other people around you all trying to get sober which is a better environment then home where you are likely to still be around people who are using.  

Cost of treatment MORE

At most treatment facilities it can cost between 300 and 900 dollars a day to be a patient at the facility and normal length stays are between 6 to 12 months. The percentage of relapse in the patients is more when they don't stay the full length of time for the treatment. Most people let alone drug addicts have enough money to  pay that for as long as they have to stay to get the full treatment. 

Expected Results
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Less drug abuseMORE

If people have the availability of these facilities


We want to put a counselor in each high school in Allegany County. If each school got a counselor that would be 3 counselors at $60,000 dollars a year that would be $180,000 dollars added to the budget. To make room for this we could cut unnecessary extra curricular to make room for this extra money being taken out.

The Conversation

a year ago
How can we try to really persuade them into going to a rehab facility for help?

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