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Task force hopes to curb substance abuse and lower crime


GUAM - It's about long-term crime prevention and helping the community produce more productive citizens, but at today's anti-drug task force meeting, Department of Corrections director Jose San Agustin revealed that an alarming 90-percent of incarcerations are drug-related.

Making that connection, the task force is hoping to curb crime through outreach at the school level. As Department of Youth Affairs director Adonis Mendiola reports, stats on youth substance abuse are on the rise too.
 
"The stats of substance related offenses went from 12 in 2011 -- specific substance abuse as opposed to alcohol -- alcohol has its own stat, to 36 in 2012" Mendiola claimed.
 
The task force includes members of DOC, GPD, DYA, Guam Crime Stoppers, the Department of Education, Customs and Quarantine, and the governor's office.
The anti-drug campaign is set to launch at the start of next school year.
 

 

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