In 2009, the Butler County district attorney's office handled 2,525 criminal prosecutions. Of those prosecutions, 1,168 involved a defendant who had a drug or alcohol problem. According to a community health assessment undertaken by Butler Memorial Hospital, approximately 19 percent of Butler County residents report abusing drugs or alcohol.
Last week, we celebrated Veterans Day in honor of those who have served our country. Yet, veterans returning from war can have difficulty adjusting to life back home. In our present wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we have nearly 1.6 million veterans. It is estimated that nearly 20 percent of returning veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD).