Substance abuse has made its presence felt in most areas of the country, and this includes Rappahannock County and its county seat, Washington. Although it is not as prominent as in other Virginia counties, it is still a problem that should be taken seriously, as it has taken many lives in its passing. The following statistics will show us what substance abuse has brought on the county, focusing specifically on alcohol abuse. First, we have alcohol-impaired driving that caused 1 fatality between 2014 and 2018, according to County Health Rankings. This might seem like a low number, but actually, even just one death from substance abuse is one too many, as they are preventable. When someone makes the decision to go out and drink, they should plan ahead and make sure they have a safe way of getting home, so they do not put their own lives in danger or someone else’s. Excessive drinking can definitely contribute to such deaths, as it does impair a person’s judgment, and in 2017, it was reported by 18% of Rappahannock County’s adult population. Substance abuse can undoubtedly affect anyone, and in fact, it can touch those who work every day fighting it. Law enforcement officers work tirelessly to keep drugs off the street, but truth is, with the pressure and the unimaginable situations they are faced with daily, they can fall into this trap themselves. Thankfully, there are treatment programs for law enforcement available that can help them overcome their addiction. Such programs will give them a chance to address the root causes of their addiction and help them learn how to deal with the stress that comes with their job and life in general without having to abuse any substance. After completing treatment, they can go back to serving and protecting their community while being drug-free.