Alcohol and drug abuse are problems that should always be addressed as a very serious matter and should be tackled accordingly, because just in recent years, it has caused a great deal of damage in Washington County and its county seat, Abingdon. The following statistics will help us understand this issue more concretely and thoroughly so that we can get a better idea of the assistance that is needed. Firstly, there is alcohol-impaired driving that has caused many fatalities in the county, with 7 deaths between 2014-2018, accounting for 17% of the 42 driving deaths that occurred in this period, according to County Health Rankings. Some of these deaths may have been contributed to by excessive drinking, and in 2017, 16% of the county’s adult population reported heavy or binge drinking. The final part of this problem is drug overdoses, as these have led to casualties as well, and in fact, the mortality rate for 2016-2018 was of 25 deaths per 100,000 population. With substance abuse being so present in a community, it means that it is an issue that can touch anyone, no matter their age, lifestyle, etc. For example, it has happened way too often that a teenager got hooked on drugs and/or alcohol. In the high school environment, these young people might feel pressured to perform or to fit in and make friends, and sometimes this can come at a cost. Substance abuse is a trap that a lot of teens can fall into, and with their brain not being fully developed, it can be extremely dangerous to use such substances, even just once. Thankfully, treatment programs for youth do exist and they can serve as a safe environment where they can focus on overcoming their addiction issues and feel free to communicate their problems, knowing they will not be judged. It will give them the opportunity to find alternative solutions to dealing with stress, as well as a second chance at living a drug-free life.