Prescription drug use is on the rise while the average age of the addict is dropping.
“More than 50 percent of law enforcement investigations are because of prescription drugs,” Flagler County Sheriff Don Fleming said. “Twenty-five hundred kids in Florida try drugs every day — 60 percent are under 15.”
Circuit Judge Joseph Will, who works in Volusia County, said the situation can’t be that different between what he sees in his court and what is happening in Flagler County.
“The people we are treating now are under 25 and started (using) in middle school,” he said. “They’ve accomplished nothing. It only takes a short time to become addicted. They have no goals and no direction. It is very sad to meet these young people and see how lost they are.”
“More than 70 percent who come through the courts have a drug problem,” he said. “It costs $150 a day for a ‘good addict’ to feed their addiction. Good addicts don’t have jobs, so they’re going to your house and backyard (to steal).”