Illegal drugs are the driver for much of the violence and exploitation we deal with as a police service every day.
Our analysis shows that drugs are the biggest driver of exploitation here in Bedfordshire.
Crimes including burglary and theft are often committed by those with addiction issues, while drug dealing is known to bring with it anti-social behaviour.
This is without considering the violence associated with drug dealing.
Many shootings and serious stabbings that take place in the county can be linked to turf wars between rival gangs involved in the drugs trade.
We do not underestimate the scale of the challenge.
Our ground-breaking drugs market profile found that there are 34,000 users aged 16-59 of illegal drugs in Bedfordshire - almost one in 10 people.
Drug users in the county are estimated to be spending around £59 million on cannabis every year and up to £54 million on cocaine.
Taking drugs can also cause considerable health issues, affecting both your physical and mental health.
There is specialist support here in Bedfordshire though.
ResoLUTiONs In Luton, Change Grow Live is commissioned to run drug and alcohol services through ResoLUTiONs. Email the service or call 0800 0546 603.
Path 2 Recovery Path 2 Recover is a one-stop service providing advice, support, and treatment to those over 18 living in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire whose lives are affected by alcohol or drug use. Email providers East London NHS Founda or call 0333 332 4019.
Aquarius The young people's drug and alcohol service Aquarius provides support to anyone under 18 in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire who is affected by substance misuse. Call them on 0330 008 3925 or email to get in touch.