South Dakota is seeing a spike in crime due to increased methamphetamine use, reports the Rapid City Journal.
In a joint press conference, Mayors Steve Allender of Rapid City and Mike Huether of Sioux Falls stated that meth use is the biggest threat to South Dakota communities. The meth problem is affecting all of the state, both rural areas and larger municipalities. Meth addiction often leads to violent crimes, such as robberies, break-ins, and assaults, when obtaining more of the drug becomes the only priority in the life of an addict. The traditional approaches used by law enforcement are not having as much success with this particular kind of drug use. Mayor Allender believes that solutions need to go further than just law enforcement and criminal justice, and should include more treatment resources.
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