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Drug forum: discussion begins, public asked to get involved
By Linda Waggener
Crystal Meth -- Ice -- is the number one illegal drug problem in Adair County right now. Police are moving fast, asking for greater community involvement, to stop Ice and to be proactive in preventing growth of Heroine addiction. The first of several planned public drug forums was held March 16, 2017 and had to be moved from the original site at City Hall to the Judicial Center courtroom due to the large crowd.
As a result of the rapid growth in Heroine use, Hepatitis C is spreading in this area and used needles are being found in all public areas -- parks, schools, business parking areas, etc. Young children are picking up needles and are in danger of catching the disease.
Kentucky is number one in Hepatitis C (Hep C).
Only 15 counties in the state have needle exchange programs. Councilmembers and Magistrates in attendance heard statements on the need for a needle exchange program in Adair County. The community education is beginning to demonstrate what those in law enforcement and the medical community know -- needle exchange programs work to help stop the spread of disease.
Columbia Police Chief Jason Cross said, "Here's your individual assignment: call your magistrates, call legislators, get involved in the churches, we've got to have partnerships built to get everybody behind this. Tonight is a first in a series in each community. Call us, we want the public's involvement. Tips really help us, call 270-384-4119 to avoid tying up 911, and then officers can do a 'knock and talk' to see if there is reason for further investigation."
Much more information will be coming as this proactive effort continues. Readers are invited to click on comments below this story and share experiences, what an help.
Tips can be called to 270-384-4119 if suspicious activity is noticed at a certain location.
This story was posted on 2017-03-17 09:02:24
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