There is a deep and complex interrelationship between substance abuse and crime. With the most recent data from NSDUH 2021 showing that 46.3 million U.S. adults had addictions to alcohol or drugs in the previous year, both addictions and violent crime are on the rise in California.
The state of California initially took a hardline stance criminalizing even the most minor drug-related offenses. Decades later, state legislators broke precedent and removed many offenses associated with drugs from its books. Today we’re going to be taking a look at some of the alcohol and drug-related crime statistics in Laguna Beach, California specifically.
Laguna Beach is an beautiful area of Southern California, boasting seven miles of stunning coastline and over 20,000 acres of protected wilderness. Regrettably, drug and alcohol related crime statistics show that the effects of substance abuse ripple far beyond the person abusing drink or drugs. Let’s take a closer look.