Coalition for a Drug Free Montrose County

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Overview
The goal of the Coalition for a Drug Free Montrose County is to reduce drug, alcohol, and tobacco within the 10 communities of Montrose County.

The coalition is comprised of 80 community stakeholders including:
  • Health and human services
  • Law enforcement
  • Medical professionals
  • Mental healthcare services
  • Private citizens
  • Schools
Because the use and abuse of drugs, alcohol, and, tobacco are identified problems in our county, the mission of our coalition is to develop and implement a county-wide approach to awareness, prevention, enforcement, and treatments of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use and abuse through science-based practices.

The economic and social impacts of use and abuse of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco in Montrose County are real:
  • Alcohol involvement is the first highest cause for arrest.  Drug involvement is the fifth highest cause for arrest.  Marijuana use continues to be a common offense.
  • Youth under the age of 18 are engaging in binge drinking.  Alcohol-related traffic accidents and arrests are increasing.
  • Based on a sample of adult felony drug court offenders in Montrose, Delta, and Gunnison counties, the 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force reported that the drug of choice was 38% meth, 17% alcohol, 15% marijuana, 11% prescription drugs, 11% opiates, 4% cocaine, and 4% amphetamines.
  • In the last 10 years, there has been a substantial increase in credit card forgery, check fraud, and identify theft related to drug addiction due to the need to fund the addiction.
  • Prescription drug and club drug activity is on the rise and designer drugs are entering the market, often skirting normal strategies aimed at regulation and detection.  These substances are very similar to illegal drugs in their chemical composition, effect, and risks.
  • Meth related activity, although down, is still a major problem.  The average age of use is 24, however, children as young as 12 have admitted to using meth.
  • Alcohol and drug abusers miss work 2.5 times more frequently than non-users; they use three times the amount of sick leave as non-users; their workers’ compensation claims are five times higher; and they generally are less productive than non-users.