Curious of how violent crimes and drugs are connected? According to the National Council of Alcohol and Drug Dependency, a lot. In the tune of 80%.
When suspects are arrested, about 60% are under the influence of a substance. In November of 2016, Ohio hit the #1 spot of a nationwide ranking. One you don’t’ want to win. We currently lead the country in overdose deaths. We have beat out New York and California.
And what about crime? Current available data has stated that in the first half of 2016 (January – June) We Ohio citizens were victimized 40,349 times. Not hitting home yet? 11,726 were in Columbus. More than 1 in 4 crimes in our entire state happened in Columbus.
The total crimes break out further – 5,396 of them were classified as violent, meaning a victim was actually involved or present within the crime. 2,202 of this total were in Columbus. Forced rape in Columbus was reported 408 times in those six months and 42 people were murdered.
Within Union County, dubbed the fastest growing county within Central Ohio crime continues to also grow for local law enforcement. The police received 677 calls for crimes or violence – 264 of which were deemed domestic, involving women or children. Additional calls for drugs and overdoses are even more staggering.