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The high costs of crack and meth: County pays hundreds of thousands, but social cost is also high in broken families

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By now, it should come as a surprise to no one that roughly two-thirds of all inmates who are incarcerated at the Becker County Jail are there because of drug and alcohol use.


In a six-month study just completed by the Becker County Sheriff's Department, it was determined that 60-65 percent of the 544 inmates at the jail during that period "were there because of drug and alcohol abuse," said Sheriff Tim Gordon in a Friday interview.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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