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A certain newspaper in Virginia (the name will not be revealed here) lists resident addresses where drug offenses are reported. The exact type of offenses was not listed; however, it did have to do with illicit substance use of some form.

Names of residents, owners, or anyone else connected with the physical address were not released. However, anyone familiar with a particular address would probably at least an idea of who might be involved. Such an action by a newspaper can have both advantages and disadvantages. However, if the disadvantages cause someone to realize that there is a problem with drug addiction, and seek help, as many of the 28,545 Virginia residents recently surveyed did, then perhaps they are not so bad after all.

Advantages can include the shame and embarrassment that someone may feel at having his residence address published in the paper for all of Virginia to see (or at least that paper's coverage area; however, this particular newspaper also publishes online, making its coverage area a lot wider.) Perhaps that in itself will be enough to make someone ensure that it does not happen again. Additionally, neighbors and others who live, work, or otherwise frequent that area (legitimately of course) can be extra vigilant and not hesitate to report happenings in and around the published address should something occur again.

Some of the disadvantages may be that employers or others in position of authority may see the address, and feel that some sort of action must be taken. Some may also see it as an invasion of privacy.

Further, if a report was a one-time thing, and nothing has happened since, the possibility that someone who is looking for a residence where he thinks drug activity may be happening can occur. This may place innocent people in danger; however, law enforcement officials, if contacted immediately, are equipped to handle that.

Drug abuse treatment centers close to published addresses can make sure that enough facilities are available to offer and provide treatment for those who live in and around those addresses. In fact, some residential treatment facilities may even consider "setting up shop" right in the middle of, or at least in close proximity to, an area where several addresses might have been listed. The facility's determination to show those who frequent these residences that life does not have to be this way, and there are alternatives to drug use just might have the effect of diminishing some of the problem.

Churches or other religious organizations in and around the area can do their part by supporting or providing full or partial funding to drug abuse treatment centers. These centers can either already exist, or the religious organization may decide to offer a faith-based program as part of its outreach and participation in helping solve the problem.

Those who are concerned about entering into drug abuse treatment centers, or visiting someone who is in one and can have visitors, can be comforted by knowing that most of these facilities in Virginia have adequate security measures to protect patients, staff members, and others who may have a reason to be present at these centers. These can include limited access to the property or security systems both inside and outside the building or residence itself.

Patients, staff, and visitors alike can all be required to wear some type of identification to show that they have reason to be on the property. If necessary, patients can be escorted to and from the property, in order to provide extra security.

Sometimes a little publicity or exposure, even if it seems to be the negative kind, can be a good thing. When it brings illicit or illegal activities to light, be they drug-related or otherwise, and solutions, such as drug abuse treatment centers, are offered, it is definitely a good thing.

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