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Aug 17, 2010 12:56 PM by Ariel Wesler

Local group questions county's approach to tackling drugs and alcohol

A local grassroots organization is calling for alternative solutions to what they call a growing drug problem in Santa Barbara County. According to the group Families ACT!, alcohol and drug related deaths in the county tripled from 2008 to 2009. According to the county coroner's office the number of deaths increased to 119 in 2009 compared to 39 in 2008.

The group says the county should not focus on criminalization, but rehabilitation. In light of the three overdoses last week in Santa Barbara, the group is speaking out. They will hold a press conference at noon in front of the Santa Barbara Court House.

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