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    Lead to more crimes, violence and more chance of a life iin prison

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    Can lead to school drop-out and a potential candidate of welfare

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    Drug use can lead to addiction, serious crime and even death

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    Fall victim to gangs, crime, unemployment and becoming a statistic


Doing the North Carolina school year 2014-15 the dropout rate rose to 2.39 percent with 11,190 students dropping out statewide which was a 7.6 percent increase over the year before.

The local dropout rate rose to 3.48 percent in the 2014-15 school year, with 256 students leaving high school without a diploma. It was a 10 percent increase from the district’s record-low rate of 3.25 percent in 2013-14, when 232 students dropped out.

Among the most frequent reasons students gave for dropping out were a lack of engagement with school, moving to community college, unstable homes, poor attendance and academics.

Although teen pregnancies are on the decline, it is not clear if more teens are delaying or reducing sexual activity or possibly using birth control than in previous years. Still, the U.S. teen pregnancy rate is substantially higher than in other western industrialized nations, and racial/ethnic and geographic disparities in teen birth rates persist.

Teen pregnancy rates by age

15-19-year-old girls: 174
15-17-year-old girls: 62
18-19-year-old girls: 112
Teen pregnancy rates by race/ethnicity
African American: 51.4 | Hispanic: 53.9 | White: 19.
Percent of Repeat Pregnancies: 13.8%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 15-19-year-old girls: 24.9

There is no single age group of people more affected by alcohol and drugs than young people.  In some ways it feels like it is an issue everywhere:  for you, your family and your friends.  Plain and simple, try as you might, you cannot escape the issues of alcohol and drugs.

Statewide alcohol and drugs affect each and every one of us, directly or indirectly:  in our homes, in our families, in our school, in our dorm, in our town or city. However when it hits our communities it is more personal.

In the last five years drug cartel in Alamance County has grown at a rapid rate and though drug bust are conducted and successful, the threat still exist at high levels in our community everyday.

FACT:  More than 23 million people over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol and other drugs affecting millions more people — parents, family members, friends and neighbors.

A group or association of three or more persons who may have a common identifying sign, symbol, or name and who individually or collectively engage in, or have engaged in, criminal activity which creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.

The concern for educating the public as well as educating officers facing these challenges is to communicate and educate our communities on what to be watchful for, especially concerning the behavior and any negative changes in our teens.

The Burlington Police Department  partnered with all other law enforcement agencies in Alamance County to form a county-wide gang crime task force. The department currently has two Gang Investigators assigned to that task force. The task force focuses on prevention, intervention,and suppression of criminal gang activity.