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Earlier this month, a commercial fishing captain was arrested in a drug bust at a private home in Monroe County, Florida, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), members of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, the US Border Patrol, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation all took part and found nine packages of cocaine individually wrapped and ready for resale. The amount of the drugs added up to 11.9 grams of cocaine, and a range of drug paraphernalia including scales and plastic bags was confiscated as well, indicating that the drugs were likely meant for resale.
Drug use among fishermen is nothing new in Florida or in any area of the country with a large fishing industry. The job is high-risk, stressful, and requires periods of intensive energy as well as long working hours. Often spending weeks or months away from families, it is easy to lose a connection with a balanced and healthy life.
When addiction strikes, it can be doubly risky for fishermen. Not only are they at risk of accident and overdose just like everyone else living with an addiction, but the dangerous nature of their job means that being under the influence on the boat can cost them dearly due to accident.
Here’s what you need to know:
A strong start in recovery begins with an intensive treatment program designed to meet the needs of people who are struggling with substance use and abuse and dealing with other challenges – like employment in the fishing industry – that may make it more difficult for them to stay sober.
Are you ready to take the first step toward getting your life back under control through treatment?