Brunswick County has been struggling with drug and alcohol abuse for several years, and it has caused damage all over the county, including in its county seat, the city of Lawrenceville. These next statistics will help us understand how present the substance abuse problem is in this area of Virginia, and we will also go over some of the resources that are available to help those struggling with such issues. First, let’s look at alcohol-impaired driving, as it has definitely caused harm recently. Between 2014 and 2018, 7 deaths were caused by alcohol-impaired driving in the county, which accounts for 22% of the 32 driving deaths that occurred during these years. Some of these may have been caused by excessive drinking, as it has been known to impair one’s judgment, and in 2017, 15% of adults within the county reported either binge or heavy drinking, according to County Health Rankings. Additionally, drug poisoning has been causing fatalities in Brunswick County, with a drug overdose mortality rate of 10 deaths per 100,000 population. Drug and alcohol addiction have no prejudice, and they can affect any group of people. In the medical and legal field, there is a great deal of stress and pressure involved because of the situations associated with this type of job. This can in some cases lead to substance abuse, but these people deserve help as much as anyone. There are treatment programs for medical & legal professionals with substance abuse specialists that know exactly how to help those in this line of work. They will also be assisted in finding ways to deal with the pressures of their job and life, so they can continue helping people while being drug-free.