Wythe County and its county seat, Wytheville, have been struggling with the abuse of alcohol and other drugs for several years now, and the consequences associated with such a problem have made their presence felt in the community, mainly with the damage it has caused. We’ll be looking at some statistics that will show us how true this previous statement is. Firstly, we have excessive drinking that was reported by 17% of adults in the county, which includes binge or heavy drinking. Impaired judgment is one of the many side effects that come with this drinking pattern, and this can lead to devastation, especially when someone decides to get behind the wheel. Between 2014 and 2018, there were 9 casualties caused by alcohol-impaired driving, and this accounts for 24% of the 38 driving deaths during this time period. Finally, we have drug poisoning that has led to fatalities as well, as for 2016-2018, the drug overdose mortality rate was of 19 deaths per 100,000 population, according to County Health Rankings. Substance abuse is a problem that can be helped with addicts having access to treatment. Now, this kind of issue has no prejudice and can affect anyone. For example, law enforcement officers are often faced with unimaginable situations and are under constant pressure to fulfill their duties, which are to protect and serve their community. Sometimes, this type of job can take a toll on a person, and it might bring them to abuse drugs and/or alcohol; something they are fighting against every day. They deserve to get help, and thankfully, there are treatment programs for law enforcement available. The specialists who work in these facilities are trained to help these people overcome their addiction. With this program done, they can go back to their job but be drug-free while doing this.