The St Lucie County drug lab is committed to providing our citizens with the best public safety services possible. As part of that commitment, we strive to provide all necessary resources for ensuring this county is drug-free.
As a result, the Sheriff has partnered with local law enforcement agencies and other organizations to dismantle narcotics trafficking in our area. This includes the formation of the Drug Enforcement Unit, which focuses on identifying offenders who provide illegal substances to juveniles. The unit also conducts investigations into heroin trafficking in communities by targeting individuals who distribute these drugs illegally. Additionally, they are responsible for enforcing illegal drug distribution networks in neighborhoods throughout the county where drugs are being sold or used by minors.
These are some ways to keep your community free from drugs:
- Know the warning signs that indicate someone may be using or selling drugs like marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines (meth), and heroin. If you notice any of these signs in your children’s friends or family members, let us know right away.
- Get involved with your kids’ lives and monitor their friendships closely;
- Offer them opportunities for wholesome activities like sports, music lessons, clubs, or volunteer work.
Drugs and the Community
Drugs are a huge problem in our society today, and they can be devastating to any community, whether it’s through addiction or violence.
The drug problem is so bad that some towns have even gone bankrupt due to the cost of trying to fight it. Yet, there are ways for us to keep drugs out of our communities.
Providing resources for substance abuse treatment and prevention education are two major ways to help our community stay drug-free. Resources like these provide people with the tools they need to be successful in their recovery and feel empowered enough to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families. This includes rehabilitation centers, mental health counseling, teen intervention programs, and more.
Another way you can help your community is by volunteering at your local school or library for anti-drug campaigns like Drug-Free Youth Week. These types of events provide parents with important information about things like the dangers of drug use, how drugs affect children’s development mentally and physically, what symptoms they should look for if their child might be using drugs, and more!
Community members should also get involved by supporting drug prevention efforts in their neighborhoods–even something as small as picking up trash in an area where people congregate could discourage drug use.
How Mobile Drug Testing Works
Mobile drug testing provides a solution for many of the challenges, including cost and time, that are associated with traditional roadside sobriety checkpoints. Traditional sobering stations involve hours of waiting time on the side of the road, which can be frustrating for drivers.
Moreover, it can be difficult to predict how long traffic will hold up at these checkpoints. Some drivers may spend hours waiting in line to undergo a sobriety test.
With mobile drug testing, officers are able to test people at any location via a mobile screening unit. This straightforward process is more convenient for both citizens and law enforcement agents because it saves both parties valuable time and energy.
The device is placed in an individual’s car window for them to blow into. If they have drugs in their system, they’re instructed not to drive until they’ve sobered up or can find alternate transportation home.
There’s no way to know if the child of a friend, colleague, or neighbor is at risk of drug abuse. Mobile drug testing gives parents and communities a chance to be proactive and provide drug treatment for those who need it.
No one wants to be shocked by a positive drug test result, but we can’t assume that everyone will stop drug use just because we ask them to. Mobile drug testing gives parents and communities a chance to be proactive and provide drug treatment for those who need it.
The St Lucie County Sheriff’s Office’s Plan for Drug Prevention is an important step in protecting our community from drugs, but it’s not the only step. We all have the power to do our part to keep drugs out of our community by being aware of the signs of addiction, informing others about the dangers of drugs, and checking in with our friends and peers to see if they might need help.