The Florida Sheriffs Task Force has launched their latest operation aimed at protecting the safety of Florida's youth. Operation Dry Spring will take place from March 4 – April 7, 2013 in conjunction with the spring break schedules of most public and private schools in Florida. This time of year, students from across the state take a timeout from their studies to enjoy their first break of the semester. Spring break is also the time when these students, the majority of which are under 21, choose to drink alcohol and experiment with illegal drugs.
Not only does the use of drugs and alcohol by youth lead to poor decision making, it leads to emergency medical situations such as overdoses and alcohol related injuries. In 2010, nearly 190,000 individuals under the age of 21 visited an emergency room for injuries or conditions connected to the use of alcohol. Sadly, the use of synthetic drugs such as bath salts and spice is on the rise with more than 3,000 reported incidents in 2010. Even more devastating, that number more than doubled in 2011 to over 7,000.
"Underage use of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs has always been a point of concern for families as well as Florida's Sheriffs," said Polk County Sheriff and Task Force Chair Grady Judd. "If Florida's youth cannot make the right decisions, they will be spending spring break at their Sheriff's office."
Florida's youth are one of our most precious resources and our Sheriffs have committed to ensuring their safety. The Florida Sheriffs Task Force will be targeting businesses that are selling alcohol, tobacco or synthetic drugs to underage youth. Operation Dry Spring will also focus on underage youth in possession of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Full results from this operation will be announced on April 11, 2013.
We at the Levy County Sheriff's Office will be joining with the other Sheriff's Offices around this great State of Florida to ensure the success of this operation.
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff's Office