Good news out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The city implemented a “sobering center” about six months ago. A facility where individuals detained for public intoxication can go instead of jail. Sobering centers are good alternatives to jail time, as such centers specialize in referring addicts to addiction treatment and recovery instead of just putting them through time served.
While some people claim that there are no gateway drugs, there are some common patterns of drug use that lead people to using deadly and highly addictive drugs. The residents of Oklahoma suffer from these patterns as much as anyone else in the U.S.