Area residents have spoken and believe little has changed regarding the ongoing drug problem in Clay County.
The Brazil Times recently conducted an online poll asking responders "Has the ongoing 'drug problem' in Clay County gotten better or worse?"
A total of 430 responded to the poll, which had three answers, including:
* It's better. A dent is being made,
* It's much worse than before, or
* It's the same as it has been. Nothing has changed.
Of the 430 responders, 189 (44 percent) said they believe nothing has changed regarding the problems with drugs in the county.
A total of 145 responders (33.7 percent) said it's worse than before while 22.3 percent (96 responders) said things have gotten better.
Several people left comments regarding the poll as well.
One stated, "It is like putting out California fires. Another keeps on coming! But kudos to our task force and city officals for all their efforts."
Another said, "I feel it's as bad as ever. One reason is the slap on the wrist of the repeat offenders. The same ones always return to the using and dealing."
Another responder stated, "Our police force is doing a great job curbing the drug epidemic," and another stated, "I am proud of what our brave officers are doing."
The current Times' online poll deals with summer, which is scheduled to officially begin June 21.
The Times is asking responders, "What's your favorite part of summer?"
Responders have five options to choose from, including:
* Being outdoors,
* Air conditioning,
* Camping, or
As always, responders are encouraged to post comments on the poll.
Has the ongoing "drug problem" in Clay County gotten better or worse?
* It's better. A dent is being made -- 22.3 percent (96 votes),
* It's much worse than before -- 33.7 percent (145 votes),
* It's the same as it has been. Nothing has changed -- 44 percent (189 votes).