Jackson County voters first approved a tax to "combat" drug use and drug-related crime in 1989. Later dubbed "COMBAT" -- for the Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax -- the tax has permitted Jackson County to approach the impact of drugs on individuals and entire communities as both a legal issue and public health crisis.
The four pillars of the COMBAT program are Prevention, Treatment, Law Enforcement and Anti-Violence:
If we can prevent a person from ever trying drugs, the person won't ever become an addict. Therefore, many COMBAT-support programs are geared toward children and adolescents, trying to convince them to never have "first taste" of drugs.
COMBAT also funds treatment programs that literally save lives, helping drug abusers confront their addiction, "get clean" and stay clean as productive members of our society.
COMBAT plays a vital role in law enforcement efforts to shutdown illegal production, with an emphasis on targeting drug traffickers and the dealers.
COMBAT has been an unqualified success for more than two decades. Other communities from across the nation and even from around globe have attempted to duplicate what Jackson County has down to "combat" drug abuse and crime.
In short, COMBAT helps everyone, through reducing drug use and crime in our communities, making them safer places in which to live. From helping individuals get treatment to providing the resources to pursue and prosecute dealers, COMBAT makes a difference in all of our lives.
Tasked with the mission of "Making substance abuse history," COMBAT views drug abuse and crime as both a health crisis and legal matter. COMBAT takes a three-pronged approach to curtailing drug abuse: 1) Prevention; 2) Treatment; 3) Law Enforcement.