Lake CountyLake County has been steadily growing over the past decade, increasing its population by almost 30 percent between 2000 and 2012, from 210,528 to 303,186. Home to residents of Clermont, Leesburg, Groveland, Mount Dora, and other towns large and small, Tavares is the county seat. Boasting a number of golf clubs, lakes, campgrounds, parks, and recreational areas, Lake County is the destination of choice for many Florida residents looking for a getaway.
Addiction and the Law
In Lake County, families who believe that it is necessary to enroll their addicted loved one in an addiction treatment program involuntarily will need to meet the requirements posed by the Baker Act and the Marchman Act. The Baker Act says that anyone who poses a threat to himself or others can be taken into a treatment program for an evaluation, and the Marchman Act says further that this evaluation can be used to determine if substance abuse has caused the person to lose self-control and thus pose a danger to himself or others, putting him in a position to be involuntarily admitted to treatment.
Drug Use and Abuse in Lake County
The problem of substance abuse is no small issue in Lake County. In the fall of 2014, deputies seized 20 guns, 23 cars, and $140,000 in drugs, and they arrested at least 67 people in a single raid, according to WESH.com. Among the drugs were cocaine, painkillers, and heroin – all commonly abused drugs in Lake County and across the state of Florida. This isn’t an isolated incident, however. Drug and alcohol abuse is an ongoing problem in Lake County, and neighbors as well as law enforcement, the medical community, and the substance abuse treatment community are all coming together to help families heal as they overcome the issue.