If you are a Naples resident and you struggle with substance abuse, you may be concerned that there are not enough nearby resources to help you, since Naples is a small community. However, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office for Naples, Florida, provides a list of treatment resources on their website to help reduce drug crimes. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has an online treatment program finder, which you can narrow down by your geographic location, the type of treatment you want, and the type of condition you need help with.
Naples is one of the southernmost small cities in Florida. It is on the western side of the state, with beautiful beachfront on the Gulf of Mexico. South of Fort Myers but north the Everglades National Park, Naples is located in Collier County, and it is perfectly situated to have lovely, warm weather throughout the year. Because of this temperate and visually stunning environment, many retirees have moved to Naples over the years, so currently, the median age is 65.2 years old. There are just shy of 21,000 residents in the town.
Because of the town’s position on the water, Naples is one of the many ports in Florida abused by illicit drug traffickers. When illicit and addictive substances are brought into an area, residents are more likely to be exposed to these drugs, so they are at greater risk of abusing them. With so many older adults in Naples, there are more likely to be potent prescription drugs available in medicine cabinets, which friends or family may steal for nonmedical purposes.
Below is information about substance abuse rates in Naples, Florida. With state guidance, the city is working hard to understand these issues and provide evidence-based treatment.
As of 2016, Florida’s overall drug overdose death rate was 23.7 people out of every 100,000 residents. This is considerably higher than nearby states like Georgia (13.3), Alabama (16.2), and South Carolina (18.1). Although the state has worked hard to overcome drug and alcohol abuse, rates of death involving intoxicating substances remains high. This impacts Naples residents because the risk that they or someone they love may suffer from substance abuse and overdose is higher than in other areas of the United States.
Alcohol: In Collier County, there are slightly higher reported rates of excessive drinking compared to other parts of the state. Excessive drinking includes binge drinking, heavy drinking, and alcohol use disorder. Around 18.4 percent of residents in Collier County report excessive drinking, which is similar to nearby counties Monroe (18.3 percent), Broward (17.2 percent), and Palm Beach (18.1 percent). It is lower than Lee County (19.5 percent) to Collier County’s north but more than Miami-Dade County (16.6 percent) which is further south.
Collier County is also about in the middle of Florida’s statistics when it comes to drunk driving deaths. The county reports that 25.1 percent of fatal motor vehicle accidents involve alcohol, which is about the same as Lee County (24.8 percent), Charlotte County (25 percent), and Glades County (26.5 percent); however, it is higher than closer and larger Miami-Dade County (16.9 percent) and Broward County (21.5 percent). It is also lower than Monroe County (30.7 percent). Since 2015, Collier County’s percentage of DUI fatalities has remained about the same while the rest of Florida’s rates are predominantly declining.
However, rates of DUI accidents and deaths have been declining in Collier County, including in Naples. From 1997, to 2014, alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes have steadily gone down in the southwestern Florida area, mostly on a similar trend as declines at the state level. From 2012 to 2014, rates of alcohol-related car accidents were just below the state’s levels.
Still, as of 2013, about one person per week in Collier County, including Naples, died in a drunk driving accident. Unfortunately, more adults in Collier County report binge drinking — more than five drinks in two hours — more often. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) reported that, in 2007, about 16.1 percent of adults ages 18 and older in the county binge drank; by 2013, that percentage was up to 18.1 percent, higher than the state average of 17.6 percent.
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