Beginning as a small grass-roots initiative in 2005, the Community Drug Coalitions (CDC) of Lea County quickly grew into a full-scale non-profit coalition thanks to the support of local citizens and community leaders. This rapid growth from a small grass-roots initiative into the CDC we know today would not have been possible without the financial support of the local government and citizens. We’re still always working towards expanding our efforts in reducing the effects of drug and alcohol abuse. If you would like to help in these efforts, the CDC is accepting donations of all sizes.
What is the Community Drug Coalition of Lea County?
Based in Lea County, NM, the CDC aims to help address the issues and effects of drug and alcohol abuse in Hobbs and Lea County. We all know the effects of drug and alcohol abuse go far beyond the impacts on an individual and spread throughout the overall community. Minimizing these harmful effects is why the CDC was initially formed and continues to be at the core focus of everything we do. We aim to prevent and end the use of illegal drugs as well as the abuse of legal drugs.
How Does Drug and Alcohol Abuse Affect My Community?
The effects of drug and alcohol abuse spread throughout a community regardless of how isolated the abuse is. It leads to the obvious direct consequences to the individual’s health depending on the type of abuse as well as a wide range of issues for the community as a whole.
From the increased risks of driving under the influence to higher healthcare costs, drug and alcohol abuse can take a toll on any community. Oftentimes, drug and alcohol abuse causes the spread of serious diseases from risky behavior such as sharing needles/syringes or using while pregnant.
The spread of these issues directly impacts the healthcare costs of the community.
Aside from increased healthcare costs, there’s a wide range of other ways drug and alcohol abuse can affect a community including:
These issues have only become more prominent in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic with increasing rates of drug and alcohol abuse. In fact, 13% of Americans have reported starting or increasing substance use to cope with the stress of isolation and uncertainty. This increase in substance use lead to an 18% increase in nationwide overdoses. So, the efforts of the CDC of Lea County have never been more important than today for both the individuals struggling with substance abuse issues and their community as a whole.
LSAA and Executive Director
Certified Peer Support Worker
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.