Letter: Jim Vogel, Leesburg

Editor:  I have been a resident of Loudoun County for 30 years. The budget for Loudoun County Schools is $1.1 billion this year. Last week, there were four more drug- and alcohol-related deaths in the area. Loudoun County is one of the most affluent counties in the nation. Loudoun County is also one of the very few counties in Virginia without a 30-day in-house drug and alcohol treatment center, huh?

Inova Loudoun’s Cornwall hospital will detox you for five days and then you are out—that’s it. There is something drastically wrong with this picture. Oh, did I mention the drug court program was denied funding five years ago? The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will be taking another look at the program this year when setting the budget.

Three of nine supervisors have returned my calls regarding both the drug court program and a 30-day in house treatment center.

Families know the ripple effect of addiction. I’m done with this frothy emotional appeal. These are the facts—and the carnage continues.

Jim Vogel, Leesburg

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