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As drug addiction has become a serious problem with so many kinds of drugs getting available and the number of users constantly increasing, so many programs are made with a goal of ending the problem. These programs have greatly contributed to saving many lives that could have been destroyed by drugs.

In many countries, as they have their own struggles with drug addiction, they too have their own programs. This is such a good thing and though in come cases, the results may not be immediate or very successful, there are still a lot of positive things that come out of it. Just like in Arlington, their crime rate has dropped after they have started their programs for homelessness and drug addiction.

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ARLINGTON, Wash. – Every corner of our area is dealing with the effects of the opioid crisis.  From homelessness to property crimes, the domino effect of that lifestyle is showing up in our everyday lives.  But there’s a glimmer of hope in Arlington.

While the opioid crisis is at an all-time high in Snohomish County, the Arlington Police Department says crime is down overall.  Burglaries, robberies, thefts are just a few of the categories seeing double digit decreases.  While not all of those crimes are being committed by people who are homeless or drug-addicted, the police department believes there’s a direct correlation between their outreach efforts and crime going down.

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