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Substance abuse behind most road accidents in Long Beach

Published On: 01-07-2016 in Category: drinking, Substance Abuse


Alcohol and drugs have been detrimental to the interests of those who are striving to bring sobriety to Long Beach. Going by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, “every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes than involve an alcohol-impaired driver.” And, Long Beach is no exception.

Sometimes, intoxication even makes a person commit heinous crimes, or cause self-harm. The situation worsens when alcohol mixes with drugs in the body. According to the National Roadside Survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA), more than 22 percent of drivers tested positive for illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs in 2013-2014.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), a 31-year-old motorcyclist who was riding under the influence of alcohol died in a crash on the Spring Street on-ramp to the northbound 405 Freeway on the night of December 17, 2015. Many such incidents are reported regularly in the city.

Teenagers are reportedly found to be involved in substance abuse and drug traffickers often take advantage of the situation. To make the party livelier, youngsters don’t mind consuming drugs and alcohol. The easy accessibility of such substances has worsened the situation. Many new drugs are hitting the market and are becoming popular among the youth.

Action against drug peddlers

With regular drug busts, the law enforcement agencies aim to check the rising trend of substance abuse. The Long Beach police seized 124 pounds of cocaine, three pounds of methamphetamine and about $25,000 cash in a drug raid in Wilmington on June 26, 2015, reported Press-Telegram.

These raids and accidents suggest that the city needs a stricter plan to fight the menace of drug and alcohol abuse. Such addictions can prove to be life-threatening at times. According to the Long Beach Post, 1,032 DUI collisions during 2012-14 resulted in seven deaths and 370 injuries.

The police department has taken an initiative to educate young adults and they have chosen bars to carry out this activity. They launched a campaign, “Know Your Limit,” on December 11, 2015 on Second Street. Officers were given special training to conduct operations against driving under the influence (DUI). According to a Sun Herald report, the campaign aims at making patrons understand the harmful effects of consuming alcohol. A Press-Telegram report suggests that “Safe Long Beach” is another campaign which aims at addressing issues like illiteracy, unemployment, mental illness and substance abuse.

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