Substance abuse has been present for many years throughout the nation, and it has definitely affected Virginia’s King and Queen County, as well as its county seat, King and Queen Court House. If these next statistics show us anything, it is that substance abuse should always be taken seriously, no matter what, as it can cause so much damage in a community. We will be looking more specifically into alcohol abuse because this is what has brought the most harm in the area. Firstly, there is excessive drinking, which includes heavy and binge drinking, which was reported by 16% of the county’s adult population in 2017, according to County Health Rankings. But that is not all, as alcohol abuse caused a few casualties in King and Queen County, with 2 alcohol-impaired driving deaths between 2014 and 2018, which accounts for 17% of the 12 driving deaths that occurred within this period of time. It is always unfortunate when such fatalities happen, because truth is, they are 100% preventable. When someone decides to go out for the night and know they will be drinking, they should always have a plan to get home safely. This can be either designating a non-drinking driver that will get everyone home at the end of the night, or just calling a taxi, but regardless, these options should be arranged ahead to avoid putting anyone’s life in danger. Alcohol and/or drug addiction is not the kind of problem that discriminates, meaning it can affect anyone. For example, youth can often be at risk of developing such an addiction, and this can happen for many reasons. Whether it be because their friends are doing it and they want to fit in or because they feel under pressure with school or at home, abusing any substance will lead them down a dangerous path. There are treatment programs for youth that can help those struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. The substance abuse specialists in such programs will know exactly how to help this young person through the process and with the teenager’s commitment to the treatment, they can come out of this drug-free.