Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe says four out of five inmates at the Detention Center are there because of addiction. He calls it a substantial problem in our area.

Now the city is taking a new step to address it.

In November the "Source to Solution Symposium" will focus on both preventing various kinds of addiction as well as recovering from it. The plan is to unite public, private and non-profit enterprises to combat the problem with education.

"The single most expensive way to deal with addiction treatment or mental health treatment is to do it through the criminal justice system," Sheriff Rowe said. "There are smarter and better ways to deal with these issues than going into that process."

Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope said, "you want to be a city that cares about the people who choose to live there. And you can do that in a conservative and compassionate way, and that's who I think we are."

Councilman Juan Chadis says it will foster ways to get help and build a true solution to addiction.

Watch a Facebook Live of the announcement Wednesday morning below: