Franklin County has been struggling with substance abuse issues for several years, and this includes its county seat, the city of Rocky Mount. This problem involves not only one drug, which only further proves how much of a concern drug and alcohol abuse are in the area. The first issue we will be looking at is alcohol-impaired driving, as between 2014 and 2018 it caused 11 deaths in the county, accounting for 22% of the 51 driving-related deaths that occurred in this period. Driving under the influence of alcohol or any other drug is extremely dangerous because it can threaten the life of not only the driver but of everyone else on the road as well. On the same subject, excessive drinking was reported by 18% of adults in the county in 2017. Drug overdoses also caused a lot of fatalities in Franklin County, with the mortality rate for 2016-2018 being of 42 deaths per 100,000 population. Finally, since we are going over drug overdose deaths, it is important to note that in 2018 only, there were 15 deaths caused by opioid overdoses, based on the LiveStories Catalog. The opioid epidemic has definitely made its presence felt throughout the nation and in the county as well. Treatment for opioid addiction is available and undoubtedly necessary. This process will usually start with medical detoxification, as a supervised environment is needed for someone to safely come off opioids. It will help the person become completely drug-free and get them ready for the rest of their treatment. Recovery isn't easy, but with the commitment of the person and the help from the substance abuse specialists, opioid abuse treatment can be successful.